‘The Force Awakens,’ ‘The Revenant, ‘Ex Machina’ still in Oscars VFX race

We're down to 10
Alicia Vikander in "Ex Machina"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects Oscar this afternoon.  The organization had previously revealed 20 contenders on Dec. 7, but has effectively cut the potential nominees in half before the infamous “bake off” before the Visual Effects branch on Jan. 9.  That annual show and tell event will determine which five films are actually nominated in the category.

The remaining contenders include:

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“Ex Machina”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
“The Walk”

The films no longer up for consideration are “Bridge of Spies,” “Chappie,” “Everest,” “Furious Seven,” “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Pt. 2,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Jupider Ascending,” “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “Spectre” and “Terminator Genisys.”

This year’s race is highly competitive with only “Tomorrowland” the most unlikely picture to make the final five.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.



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