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Oscars Predictions: Best Visual Effects – First Social Reactions to ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Drop Dec. 6, What Will Academy Voters Think?

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Rank Film Visual effects team Distributor 1 “Top Gun: Maverick” Ryan Tudhope (visual effects supervisor), Scott R. Fisher (special effects coordinator), Seth Hill (visual effects supervisor), Bryan Litson (visual effects supervisor) Paramount Pictures After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it. 2 “Avatar: The Way of Water” Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, Daniel Barrett 20th Century Studios Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet. 3 “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, Hanzhi Tang (vfx supervisors), Dan Sudick (sfx supervisor) Marvel Studios The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T’Challa. 4 “The Batman” Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands (visual effects supervisors), Dominic Tuohy (special effects supervisor) Warner Bros. When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement. 5 “RRR” V Srinivas Mohan Variance Films A fictitious story about two legendary revolutionaries and their journey away from home before they started fighting for their country in the 1920s. Next in Line 6 “Everything Everywhere All at Once” To be added A24 An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led. 7 “Good Night Oppy” Ivan Busquets, Abishek Nair (visual effects supervisor), Marko Chulev, Steven Nichols (digital supervisors) Amazon Studios The film follows Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover affectionately dubbed Oppy by her creators and scientists at NASA. Oppy was originally expected to live for only 90 days but she ultimately explored Mars for nearly 15 years. 8 “Jurassic World: Dominion” To be added Universal Pictures Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, Biosyn operatives attempt to track down Maisie Lockwood, while Dr Ellie Sattler investigates a genetically engineered swarm of giant insects. 9 “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” To be added Netflix Doctor Strange teams up with a mysterious teenage girl from his dreams who can travel across multiverses, to battle multiple threats, including other-universe versions of himself, which threaten to wipe out millions across the multiverse. They seek help from Wanda the Scarlet Witch, Wong and others. 10 “Beast” To be added Universal Pictures A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator. Other Top-Tier Contenders 11 “Nope” Guillaume Rocheron, Jeremy Robert (visual effects supervisor), Sreejith Venugopalan (DFX supervisor), Scott R. Fisher (special effects coordinator) Universal Pictures 12 “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” To be added Warner Bros. 13 “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” Aaron Weintraub Netflix 14 “After Yang” Ilia Mokhtareizadeh (visual effects supervisor) A24 15 “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” Joseph Bauer, Glenn Melenhorst Sony Pictures 16 “Thor: Love and Thunder” To be added Marvel Studios 17 “Black Adam” To be added Warner Bros. 18 “The Northman” Angela Barson (visual effects supervisor) Focus Features 19 “Three Thousand Years of Longing” To be added MGM/United Artists Releasing 20 “The Woman King” Sara Bennett, Andy Morley, David Sadler-Coppard, Cordell McQueen Sony Pictures Also In Contention 21 “Elvis” Tom Wood, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds (visual effects supervisors), Adam Hammond (digital effects supervisor) Warner Bros. 22 “Thirteen Lives” Jason Billington (visual effects supervisor), Brian Cox (special effects supervisor), Bruce Bright (special effects assistant supervisor) Amazon Studios/MGM 23 “Nanny” Ari Rubenstein (sr. VFX supervisor), David Schnee (compositing supervisor), Josh Clos (CG artist), Chris Halstead (compositor) Amazon Studios 24 “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” To be added Paramount Pictures 25 “Uncharted” To be added Sony Pictures All Contenders Listed (Unranked-Alphabetical) “A Love Song” Alexey Platonov (visual effects supervisor) Bleecker Street “A Man Called Otto” Simon Chase (visual effects supervisor) Sony Pictures “After Yang” Ilia Mokhtareizadeh (visual effects supervisor), Raoul Marks (memory sequence creative director), Kyle Zemborain (compositing supervisor) A24 “Armageddon Time” Glenn Allen, Elad Offer, Dave Zeevalk, Josh Laurence Focus Features “All Quiet on the Western Front” Markus Frank, Viktor Muller, Frank Petzold (vfx supervisor), Kamil Jafar (sfx supervisor) Netflix “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” Guillaume Rocheron (vfx supervisor), Olaf Wendt (vfx supervisor) Netflix “You Won’t Be Alone” Marty Pepper (visual effects supervisor) Focus Features “Downton Abbey: A New Era” Patricia Llaguno (visual effects supervisor) Focus Features “Babylon” Jay Cooper (visual effects supervisor), Elia Popov (special effects coordinator), Kevin Martel (animation supervisor), Ebrahim Jahromi (CG supervisor) Paramount Pictures “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, Hanzhi Tang (vfx supervisors), Dan Sudick (sfx supervisor) Marvel Studios “Bones and All” Davide Luchetti (VFX executive producer), Fabio Cerrito (head of department), Virginia Cefaly (VFX producer) MGM/United Artists Releasing “Breaking” Michael R. Currie (visual effects supervisor) Bleecker Street “Dog” Joe Pancake (special effects supervisor) MGM/United Artists Releasing “Don’t Worry Darling” Dan Schrecker (visual effects supervisor), Mathieu Raynault, Sylvain Theroux (visual effects by), Jeremy D. Hays (special effects supervisor) Warner Bros. “Elvis” Tom Wood, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds (visual effects supervisors), Adam Hammond (digital effects supervisor) Warner Bros. “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” Giles Haring, Sameer Malik, Erik Winquist (visual effects supervisor), Paul Stephenson (special effects supervisor) Netflix “Good Night Oppy” Ivan Busquets, Abishek Nair (visual effects supervisor), Marko Chulev, Steven Nichols (digital supervisors) Amazon Studios “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” Aaron Weintraub Netflix “Lightyear” Jane Yen (visual effects supervisor), Bill Watral (effects supervisor), Chia-Chi Hu (compositing supervisor), Thomas Jordan (shading supervisor) Pixar “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” Joseph Bauer, Glenn Melenhorst Sony Pictures “Matilda” To be added Netflix “Minions: The Rise of Gru” Frank Baradat, Milan Voukassovitch (computer graphics supervisor), Simon Pate, Milo Riccarand (effects supervisor) Illumination/Universal Pictures “Nanny” Ari Rubenstein (sr. VFX supervisor), David Schnee (compositing supervisor), Josh Clos (CG artist), Chris Halstead (compositor) Amazon Studios “RRR” V Srinivas Mohan (visual effects supervisor) Variance Films “Strange World” Steve Goldberg (visual effects supervisor), Michael Kaschalk (head of effects animation), Marc Bryant, Henrik Fail (effects supervisor) Walt Disney Pictures “The Bad Guys” Matt Baer (visual effects supervisor), Jeff Budsberg (head of look), Stephen Wood (head of effects), JP Sans (head of character animation) Universal Pictures “The Batman” Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands (visual effects supervisors), Dominic Tuohy (special effects supervisor) Warner Bros. “The Northman” Angela Barson (visual effects supervisor) Focus Features “The Sea Beast” R. Stirling Duguid, Spencer Lueders, Jeremy Hoey, Brian Casper Netflix “The Silent Twins” Jean-Michel Boublil (VFX supervisor) Focus Features “The Woman King” Sara Bennett, Andy Morley, David Sadler-Coppard, Cordell McQueen Sony Pictures “Thirteen Lives” Jason Billington (visual effects supervisor), Brian Cox (special effects supervisor), Bruce Bright (special effects assistant supervisor) Amazon Studios/MGM “Till” Christian Wood (special effects supervisor) Orion/United Artists Releasing “Top Gun: Maverick” Ryan Tudhope (visual effects supervisor), Scott R. Fisher (special effects coordinator), Seth Hill (visual effects supervisor), Bryan Litson (visual effects supervisor) Paramount Pictures “Turning Red” Danielle Feinberg (visual effects supervisor), Dave Hale (effects supervisor), Jacob Brooks (simulation supervisor), Christian Hoffman (characters supervisor) Pixar “Wendell & Wild” Heather Abels, Adrian Grey, Justin Graham, Sonja Burchard Netflix “Women Talking” Kevin Chandon (visual effects supervisor) MGM/United Artists Releasing

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