Ten sequels and six remakes/adaptations are up for the VFX Oscar this year — along with a standalone World War II drama, a space station-set sci-fi horror flick, a Netflix original, and a Guillermo del Toro creature feature.


The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee chose 20 films for the preliminary shortlist, and will narrow the field to just 10 titles later this month. The final five films nominated for a VFX Oscar will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, in advance of the March 4 awards ceremony.

The 20 films in line for a VFX Oscar are, in alphabetical order:

Alien: Covenant
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Justice League
Kong: Skull Island
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Shape of Water
Spider-Man Homecoming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Thor: Ragnarok
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman