2022 Oscars Best Visual Effects Predictions

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UPDATED: Feb 6, 2022

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AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” “Eternals” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” probably have the goods to all get in together, but none of them were nominated at the BAFTA Awards nominations. 

Instead, they chose the presumed frontrunner “Dune” (Warner Bros), along with “Free Guy” (20th Century Studios), “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (Sony Pictures), “The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros) and “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing).

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” was not screened in time for BAFTA to consider, and many feel the Sony/Marvel hybrid should be able to sneak into the lineup, especially with its enormous box office haul. Sony has also mounted a robust eleventh-hour campaign to get the web-slinging film into best picture, so this category, as well as best sound, should be entirely on the table.

BAFTA and Oscars had a 4/5 overlap last year, replacing “Greyhound” with “Love and Monsters.” Since they expanded to a guaranteed five nominees in 2010, they’ve only matched once – in 2019 with “1917,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Irishman,” “The Lion King” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Overall, they average about a 3/5 typically.

So which two of the BAFTA hauls are vulnerable?

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My gut says it’s “Free Guy” and “The Matrix Resurrections,” but no strong indicators on what’s really “safe.” Only “Dune” seems like a “lock,” but anything can happen with only 10 films in the running. Personally, there’s so much to celebrate with what “Free Guy” achieves with its creations and innovative techniques. Also, being likable goes a long way showcased by the artisans dressing up in the Ryan Reynolds uniform for the Academy presentation during voting.

So which ones are getting in?

My methodology over the years, when it comes to artisan categories, if it sticks out and doesn’t look like anything else, it’s probably getting in (i.e., “Hereafter,” “Real Steel” and “Kong: Skull Island”). That doesn’t always work out with the animated feature “Soul” and documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” missing out last year.

The predecessor for “Godzilla vs. Kong” made it the last time, and until proven otherwise, I’ll stick with it.

“No Time to Die” would be the first James Bond film in 43 years to be nominated in the VFX category since “Moonraker” (1979). The only Bond film to win in this category was “Thunderball” (1965). Can the Daniel Craig final outing bring it back to his branch? I’d say so.

Oscar voting closed on Feb. 1. My final predictions column is here, with full rankings and commentary being updated before nominations.

Precursor Awards Leader: “Dune” (Warner Bros)
Awards Season Calendar

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*not official or finalized
1 “Dune” Warner Bros Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
2 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Sony Pictures Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein, Dan Sudick
3 “No Time to Die” MGM/United Artists Releasing Charlie Noble, Chris Corbould
4 “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” Sony Pictures Alessandro Ongaro, Sheena Duggal, Aharon Bourland, Pier Lefebvre
5 “Godzilla vs. Kong” Warner Bros John Desjardin, Bryan Hirota, Kevin Smith, Mike Meinardus
6 “The Matrix: Resurrections” Warner Bros Dan Glass, Huw J Evans, Tom Debenham, J.D. Schwalm
7 “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Marvel Studios Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Walker, Dan Oliver
8 “Black Widow” Marvel Studios Geoffrey Baumann, Dave Hodgins, Craig Hammack, Paul Corbould
9 “Free Guy” 20th Century Studios Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
10 “Eternals” Marvel Studios Stephane Ceretti, Daniele Bigi, Matt Aitken, Neil Corbould


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most significant Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. The magnificent Dennis Muren has a stellar 6 Oscars in this category which include “The Abyss,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Jurassic Park.” He also 2 Special Achievement Oscars for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” of the “Star Wars” series. Gordon Jennings and Ken Ralston have five wins each.

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