The top 20 finalists of the Visual effects category in Oscars 2024 have been announced. Social media is flooded with discussions of the movies that have been included. Fans, as usual, have voiced their opinions and divided the list into well-deserved, shocking entries and aww-snubbed categories. Among various finalists, fans are stunned to learn Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is on the list. Here’s everything we know.
Aquaman 2 Becomes Oscar VFX Finalist
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard starrer Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to release on December 22. The sequel will continue the story with Aquaman becoming a father and embracing the caretaker role. To protect the world from Black Manta, he will be seen teaming up with his brother King Orm and fighting the villain together. We don’t know if Aquaman 2 will win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects or not, but we do know that there are some pretty tough contenders already on the list. We have to wait to see if the movie will even make it to the next round before the winners are announced on the awards ceremony on March 10, 2024.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is finalist for 'Best Visual Effects' at the 2024 Oscars! pic.twitter.com/sobc2vCKPp
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While the trailer boasts some incredible visual effects, fans are sad to see the movie being nominated over The Little Mermaid. The latter deserved to be on the list for its extensive use of visual effects that eventually made the movie seem believable. Among other snubbed movies, there are Oppenheimer, Blue Beattle, Meg 2, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.
Who Are The VFX Oscar Finalists?
The Oscars shortlist voting for eight categories opens on Thursday, December 14. Variety first reported the list of visual effects finalists, which include Barbie, Poor Things, Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire, and the only animated feature contender, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The latter is one of three animated movies to ever be nominated under the visual effects category. The final selection of the twenty films was not confirmed by the Academy.
Between December 14-18, the next round of voting will begin and the list will further filter to a smaller number. On December 21, ten movies will be announced in addition to nine other categories. Following the voting on January 11–16, the five nominees will be chosen, and the nominations for each category will be published on January 23.
Given the grand scale of Marvel movies, it’s unsurprising to see finalists that are Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Marvels.