Tonight is the 91st Annual Academy Awards! And all day today we’ll be bringing you a rundown of each category as well as reviews of the nominated films. Next up, we’re looking at the Best Visual Effects category. We’ll explain what the category means and who the frontrunner is as of now.
Best Visual Effects
The Visual Effects category is interesting, as it doesn’t just mean the CGI, but also includes those responsible for the real explosions that take place on set. This can be a sort of wide ranging award at times, and is often given to a film that is a big box office success. The superhero films, and multi film franchises are often guaranteed a nomination in this category. This year is no different with the nominees being, Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Most are calling Avengers the front runner here, but there is a chance that it may get knocked out by Christopher Robin or Ready Player One. Now that may seem like a stretch, but the Academy loves to award films for recreating characters and films of years past. That’s why Suicide Squad is an Academy Award winner. That film recreated the look of The Joker, a classic film character. That win was a guarantee that we all should have seen coming.
Christopher Robin does the same thing with recreating Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in a realistic and beautiful way. Ready Player One not only recreates characters from other properties, but also recreates classic scenes from the film The Shining. There’s a major part of the film, where the main characters journey through the set of the Overlook Hotel. The fact that the team behind the film was able to create that, is phenomenal and beautiful work. The questions is whether it’s enough to knock Avengers off its pedestal. The biggest factor in Avengers favor is its amazing motion capture work. And that’s something the Academy as a whole doesn’t seem too keen on. Which is why none of the Planet of the Apes films won in recent years.
It’s also important to note that no Marvel film has ever won this award in the 11 years of the MCU. So this could be a major win for them. The question is, will the Academy overlook their disdain for motion capture?
So as of now here’s the final word:
Best Visual Effects: Avengers: Infinity War