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Best Visual Effects Oscar Semi-Finalists: Tom Cruise, James Bond Movies Out

Best Visual Effects Oscar Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible Rogue NationBest Visual Effects Oscar: Tom Cruise action thriller 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' bypassed.

2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists: 'Ex Machina,' 'The Revenant' surprisingly remain in the running

A couple of weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the semi-semi-finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects Academy Award. There were 20 movies on the list. On Monday, Dec. 21, the Academy announced 10 films as the actual semi-finalists; five of these will be shortlisted for the 2016 Oscar.

As found in its press release, the Academy's “Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films.” The “viewing” will take place on Sat., Jan. 9, '16. Following the screenings, the members will select the five final nominees.

A few surprises

Surprises among those that made the cut are Alex Garland's Ex Machina, a British-made, relatively low-budget sci-fier distributed in the U.S. by (Hollywood powerhouse) Universal; and Alejandro González Iñárritu's adventure drama The Revenant – hardly the sort of movie one thinks of as “special-effects driven.”

Surprises among those that did not make the cut are Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, Andy and Lana Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending, the Sam Mendes-Daniel Craig James Bond movie Spectre, and the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise collaboration Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Perhaps because Cruise is supposed to have performed his own plane stunt?

Visual Effects Oscar Ex Machina surprise contender Alicia VikanderBest Visual Effects Oscar: Surprise contender 'Ex Machina,' with Alicia Vikander.

2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists

The ten remaining 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders are listed below in alphabetical order (including director and key cast members):

The 2016 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thur., Jan. 14 at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2016 Oscars will be held on Sun., Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the U.S., the Oscar ceremony will be televised live by ABC. The awards presentation 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.

Image of Alice Vikander in the 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalist Ex Machina: Universal Pictures.

Image of Tom Cruise in the 2016 Best Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalist Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation: Paramount Pictures.

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