Oscars Predictions 2018: Best Visual Effects

Our panel of predictors look at this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Visual Effects – there are some strong contenders from a range of different films. Do you agree with our predictions?




Blade Runner 2049

I wanted to say War for the Planet of the Apes, but something about the futuristic, bright colours of the Blade Runner sequel makes me think it’s going to get the award.



War for the Planet of the Apes

Those apes look too real to ignore.



Blade Runner 2049

I’ve said this so many times but Blade Runner 2049 was visually incredible. There were a ton of special effects but the way it blended it with practical effects really emphasised how futuristic and semi-dystopian this world felt. The entire film was such a spectacle.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Okay, I’m giving Star Wars this one simply based on one scene in particular. It was the most underrated use of visual effects that left everyone staring at the screen in awe.


Blade Runner 2049

I don’t know about this one, they’re all good. But Blade Runner was beautiful and Ryan Gosling is a visual effect on his own, even though he looks dirty throughout the movie.



Blade Runner 2049

It was a toss up between this and War for the Planet of the Apes for me, but if I had to choose, it’ll be Blade Runner 2049.



Blade Runner 2049

All great contenders but I’ll have to go with Blade Runner 2049. Of all of them, Blade Runner has given us something we haven’t seen before.



Kong: Skull Island

Because King Kong looked, walked and behaved like my next door neighbor. How they could pull that off so seamlessly was pure magic.




Blade Runner 2049

I’m incredibly biased when it comes to Blade Runner 2049, but so much was done to bring this world to life. I think the film deserves EVERY AWARD it can get.


War for the Planet of the Apes

I’ve got to go with War for the Planet of the Apes. The work they’re doing here with motion capture is absolutely astounding. All of the films in the recent trilogy have been nominated for Oscars in this category, so maybe third time’s a charm? This franchise has been seriously snubbed in this category for the last few years.



Blade Runner 2049

Is there a better reason other than the fact that it’s Blade Runner 2049?



Kong: Skull Island

This is one of my favourite categories in the awards and what I enjoy about it is the ability for these guys to make a fictional world feel real. In Skull Island, not only was Kong a “50 foot monster” the island felt like a world like no other. I felt like I was on the island and for that, it’s got my pick.



Kong: Skull Island

This film was proposterous, over the top and absolutely INCREDIBLE!! LOL! I really enjoy monster movies!
My pick is Kong: Skull Island because the effects were high end and the unique scenes complimented the type of CGI they were trying to pull off. So hats off.


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