Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Nominees: Best Visual Effects

My predictions: 3/5, picking “Arrival” and “Captain America: A Civil War” over “Deepwater Horizon” and “Doctor Strange”
My ballot: Come back in February!
The nominees: Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I did better here than last year, and realizing that it was eligible makes me recognize the second major snub for “Arrival,” though the effects aren’t really what make the movie, which is part of why it’s so good. “Deepwater Horizon” scored one of its two bids here, as did “Kubo and the Two Strings,” a rare animated film to make the cut. “Doctor Strange” and “The Jungle Book” have their only bids in this race, and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has one other nomination. I still have to see two of these movies, and “Deepwater Horizon” looked mildly interesting when I saw someone watching it on a recent flight. Probably not the best medium to judge a film’s visual effects though…

My current bet to win: After last year’s surprise win, I don’t know. I feel like The Jungle Book could pull it off.

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