After the shocking snubs of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Invisible Man and Greyhound, the Oscar shortlist for Visual Effects gave us some big surprise inclusions and one very inspired one.
As it was with Makeup and Hairstyling, Birds of Prey outshone its own studio competition in Wonder Woman 1984 to make a showing here. Two bigger surprises came with the Vin Diesel reanimated soldier sci-fi flick Bloodshot and the post-apocalyptic monster comedy Love and Monsters.
But the truly inspired pick here was Welcome to Chechnya, which uses face altering, deep fake technology to disguise LGBTQ refugees as they escape the horrors of the country’s brutal gay purge. A nomination here for this kind of technology would be history-making.
Here are my ranked 2021 Oscar predictions in Visual Effects for February.
Green – moves up ↑; Red – moves down ↓; Blue – new entry this month +; Black – no change ↔
1. The Midnight Sky (Netflix) ↔ – BAFTA longlist, BFCA
Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Dave Watkins, Max Solomon
2. Tenet (Warner Bros) ↔ – BAFTA longlist, BFCA
Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley, Scott R. Fisher, Mike Chambers
3. Mulan (Disney+) ↑ – BAFTA longlist, BFCA
Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, Steve Ingram
4. Mank (Netflix) ↑ – BAFTA longlist, BFCA
Wei Zheng, Simon Carr, Pablo Helman, James Pastorius
5. Welcome to Chechnya (HBO) +
6. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner Bros) ↑
7. Love and Monsters (Paramount Pictures) +
8. The One and Only Ivan (Disney+) ↑ – BAFTA longlist
Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, Santiago Colomo Martinez
9. Soul (Disney/Pixar) ↑ – BAFTA longlist
Michael Fong, Bill Watral
10. Bloodshot (Lionsgate) +
Welcome to Chechnya photo courtesy of of HBO Documentary Films