Golden Rule: A Living Planet, A Talking Racoon, and a Baby Groot

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re diving into as many of the nominated films as possible and looking at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. Today we’re looking at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, nominated for Best Visual Effects.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the adventures of Peter Quill and his “rag tag” group of misfits, defending the Galaxy. This time with some stakes that are a bit more personal than the previous film.

It features some of the biggest visual effects shots of all time. Numerous prosthetics and makeup bring to life the creatures on the screen. The worlds in this film look 100% real and are all completely digitally created. There are points where practical and digital effects mix in a way that you honestly can’t tell what’s real and what’s not. The film deserves the nomination.

Despite this though, there’s no telling if it will win. We’ve said it previously with Star Wars. This is a really tight race. It completely depends on what the Academy thinks should be awarded. Not just by film, but by what the visual effects mean for the film. In some ways this is a category where Academy members will either vote for what they think should win based on word of mouth or will actually watch each film and offer it to the one they personally think deserves it.

Guardians might have a bit of a lead just because of how all-encompassing the effects are. From practical explosions to computer generated worlds, all within a color palette unseen in most other films nominated in this category, this year and almost every year before. But again, it’s no guarantee just yet.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is currently streaming on Netflix and is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.

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