Academy announces VFX Oscar shortlist

‘First Man’, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Black Panther' are in contention

First there were 20 on the longlist for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, now there are 10.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its shortlist of 10 semi-finalists that would go through to the next round of judging for the prestigious award.

We’re proud and delighted to see that DNEG contributed VFX to four of the 10 shortlisted titles. And we were the lead VFX partner for two of the shows: First Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

According to media reports, First Man’s pioneering use of in-camera VFX techniques blended with never-before-seen archive footage of the Apollo 11 mission, makes it a hotly tipped frontrunner for the award.

DNEG contributed VFX to the following four semi-finalists:

  • First Man – We were the lead VFX partner and DNEG’s Paul Lambert was the overall production VFX Supervisor
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp – We were the lead VFX partner
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther

The six other shortlisted shows are:

  • Christopher Robin
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Welcome To Marwen

Congratulations to everyone behind all of these fantastic movies!

Next: The VFX Bake-off

All of these shortlisted shows are through to the ‘VFX Bake-off’. This is where members of the Academy’s Visual Effects branch review the award submissions from each of the shortlisted shows before casting their vote for the winner. The results of the ‘Bake-Off’ will be announced on Tuesday 22 January.

We will then have to wait until the 91st Oscar ceremony to take place on Sunday 24 February to discover which show will take home the Best Visual Effects Oscar.

Good luck everyone!

Discover more about our work on First Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp

Check out this roundup of podcast interviews with First Man and DNEG VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert to hear the lowdown on many of the VFX techniques used in the Neil Armstrong biopic.

Or discover more about our work on Ant-Man and the Wasp in this article, which includes a VFX breakdown video.

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