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Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In

Best Visual Effects Oscar Jurassic World dinosaurs competing with Tom CruiseBest Visual Effects Oscar contender: 'Jurassic World' dinosaurs competing with plane stowaway Tom Cruise.

2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar longlist: Spies, superheroes and GMO dinosaurs

Today, Dec. 7, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 movies are in the running for the 2016 Best Visual Effects Academy Awards. These feature just about everything, from tiny bugs, Tom Cruise, and Jennifer Lawrence to genetically modified giant lizards, groovily clad intergalactic stormtroopers, and (mostly) guys in Halloween costumes performing the usual eye-popping feats.

Of the 20 movies listed below, ten will be selected as semi-finalists. These will be made public later this month. (See also: Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders of a decade ago.)

Best Visual Effects qualifications = solid box office

Of the 20 titles listed below, nine are found among the top 20 domestic box office hits of 2015 and ten among the top 20 worldwide 2015 blockbusters. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Revenant open later this month.) Surprising omissions from the Academy's longlist include a couple of Top 20 hits: Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Richard Madden, and Brad Peyton's San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Among the 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders, so far only five movies have been – at least somewhat consistently – singled out this awards season in the film, acting, directing, and screenwriting categories: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, The Martian, and Ex Machina. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains the year's mystery movie.)

List of 2015 Best Visual Effects Academy Award contenders

The films are listed in alphabetical order:

The Revenant Best Visual Effects Oscar contender somewhat surprising inclusionBest Visual Effects Oscar contender: 'The Revenant' was a somewhat surprising inclusion. Leonardo DiCaprio stars.

More 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders:

The eventual Best Visual Effects Oscar nominees will be announced – along with the nominees in the other categories – on Jan. 14, '16, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, '16, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the U.S., the Oscarcast will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Additionally, the Oscar show will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar contender Jurassic World image: Universal Pictures, via oxygen.com.

Image of Leonardo DiCaprio and buffalo skulls in Best Visual Effects Oscar contender The Revenant: 20th Century Fox.

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