In what should be the easiest victory of the night, Avatar: The Way of Water should swim away with the win for Visual Effects are dominating with BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and a record-setting sweep of nine Visual Effects Society (VES) wins from its also record-setting 14 nominations, where it only lost when competing against itself.
Anything else would be an earth-shaking upset, even more so than Ex Machina beating out Best Picture nominees The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015.
Here are my final 2023 Oscar winner predictions for Visual Effects.
|1. Avatar: The Way of Water (20th Century Studios) – BAFTA, CCA, VES|
Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett
|2. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures) – BAFTA, CCA, VES|
Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson and Scott R. Fisher
|3. The Batman (Warner Bros) – BAFTA, CCA, VES|
Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands and Dominic Tuohy
|4. All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) – BAFTA|
Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank and Kamil Jafar
|5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Walt Disney/Marvel Studios) – CCA|
Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick