Oscars Predictions: Best Visual Effects – How Much Do Reviews Matter for Visual Artisans?

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

UPDATED: Oct 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Coming soon.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

THE TOMORROW WAR - Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios
THE TOMORROW WAR - Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

RANK

FILM

STUDIO

VISUAL EFFECTS TEAM

1

Dune

Warner Bros

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer

2

The Matrix: Resurrections

Warner Bros

Dan Glass

3

Eternals

Marvel Studios

To be added

4

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Marvel Studios

To be added

5

Swan Song

Apple Original Films

To be added

NEXT IN LINE

6

The Tomorrow War

Amazon Studios

James E. Price

7

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sony Pictures

To be added

8

Don’t Look Up

Netflix

To be added

9

Jungle Cruise

Walt Disney Pictures

To be added

10

The Suicide Squad

Warner Bros

Kelvin McIlwain, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

Godzilla vs. Kong

Warner Bros

To be added

12

A Quiet Place Part II

Paramount Pictures

To be added

13

Nightmare Alley

Searchlight Pictures

To be added

14

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Sony Pictures

To be added

15

Finch

Apple Original Films

To be added

16

No Time to Die

United Artists Releasing/MGM

To be added

17

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Sony Pictures

To be added

18

Black Widow

Marvel Studios

To be added

19

Last Night in Soho

Focus Features

To be added

20

Army of the Dead

Netflix

To be added

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

Belfast

Focus Features

To be added

22

Needle in a Timestack

Lionsgate

To be added

23

Mortal Kombat

Warner Bros

To be added

24

F9

Universal Pictures

To be added

25

In the Heights

Warner Bros

Mark Russell

26

Cinderella

Amazon Studios

To be added

27

Antlers

Searchlight Pictures

To be added

28

Old

Universal Pictures

To be added

29

Snake Eyes

Paramount Pictures

To be added

30

Candyman

Universal Pictures

To be added

UNRANKED LISTING

Annette

Amazon Studios

Guillaume Pondard

Chaos Walking

Lionsgate

To be added

Coming 2 America

Amazon Studios

Jon Farhat

Cruella

Walt Disney Pictures

To be added

Cry Macho

Warner Bros

Tim Ledoux, John Brubaker

Dear Evan Hansen

Universal Pictures

To be added

Encounter

Amazon Studios

Francois Roisin, Sheldon Gardner

Flora & Ulysses

Disney Plus

To be added

Halloween Kills

Universal Pictures

To be added

Infinite

Paramount Plus

To be added

Lamb

A24

To be added

Licorice Pizza

United Artists Releasing/MGM

To be added

Luca

Pixar

David Ryu, Jon Reisch, Henry Garcia, Matt Webb

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

No U.S. Distribution

To be added

Nine Days

Sony Pictures Classics

To be added

No Sudden Move

HBO Max

Vico Sharabani

Peter Rabbit 2: the Runaway

Sony Pictures

To be added

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Lionsgate

To be added

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Amazon Studios

Rupert Davies

The Green Knight

A24

To be added

The Harder They Fall

Netflix

To be added

The King’s Man

20th Century Studios

To be added

The Last Duel

20th Century Studios

To be added

The Many Saints of Newark

Warner Bros

Dan Schrecker

Voyagers

Lionsgate

To be added

Werewolves Within

IFC Films

To be added

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Visual Effects)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. The magnificent Dennis Muren has a stellar 6 Oscars in this category which include “The Abyss,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Jurassic Park.” He also 2 Special Achievement Oscars for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” of the “Star Wars’ series. Gordon Jennings and Ken Ralston have five wins each.

2022 Academy Awards Predictions

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022

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