‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ make the Oscar VFX contenders short-list

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Rogue One is in the running to win at least one Oscar, as the Star Wars spinoff is among 20 contenders to advance for a visual effects award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

The prize has roots dating back to the first ceremony in 1928 (Wings won it, along with Best Picture and virtually everything else)  and is typically pretty sci-fi and blockbuster-heavy. Because let’s face it, this is just as much a “most effects” award as it is “best” — and this year has its fair share of that.

But sci-fi (Rogue One, Arrival) and super heroes (Doctor Strange, X:Men Apocalypse, Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, the 8th, 9th and 10th noms for Marvel since Iron Man) will have stiff competition this year, even just to get nominated. Read more…

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