Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Visual Effects

The competition: Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Previous winners: Interstellar, Gravity, Life of Pi, Hugo, Inception, Avatar, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Golden Compass
My winner: The Walk
The facts: Though Best Picture nominees have won this award five times in the past six years, never have three nominees here also been up for Best Picture as they are this year. Sci-fi films often win unless there is a major frontrunner out there. The entire “Ex Machina” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” teams are first-time nominees. “The Martian” team has three nominations and one win between them. “The Revenant” team has one previous nomination. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” team has six collective previous nominations.

Who should win: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or “Ex Machina”
Who will win: I’m hoping that “The Revenant” won’t eclipse the more deserving Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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