Well… they weren’t joking. Marvel actually did it! We reported yesterday that Marvel Studios had created a real “WTF!” moment when they submitted the notoriously ropey Thor: Love And Thunder for consideration for the Best VFX Academy Award.

Now a supposed leak, picked up by Variety, confirms it. Voting opens today as Academy members trim down the big lists into the final nominees. This is done by specialist voting in specific branches of the Academy.


The Variety report claims to have obtained the list of all twenty movies currently on the consideration list for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. The final five nominees will be chosen from this list. Avatar: The Way Of Water has made the list already. RRR and All Quiet On The Western Front are interesting entries on the list. And there it is… Thor: Love And Thunder. The ultimate Hail Mary pass:

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios)
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Netflix)
The Batman (Warner Bros.)
Black Adam (Warner Bros.)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)
Devotion (Sony Pictures)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios)
Elvis (Warner Bros.)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros.)
Gigi & Nate (Roadside Attractions)
Good Night Oppy (Amazon Studios)
The Gray Man (Netflix)
Jurassic World: Dominion (Universal Pictures)
Nope (Universal Pictures)
RRR (Variance Films)
Thirteen Lives (Amazon Studios/MGM)
Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)
Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Do you ever get the impression that 2022 was a lean year for movies? It looks like NATO (the other one!) was right.

The final five nominees in this category will be announced on January 24th with the rest of the categories.

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