Oscars: 20 Films Advance in VFX Race

'Incredibles 2' and 'Isle of Dogs' made the shortlist, along with titles such as 'Black Panther.'
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'Incredibles 2'

Twenty films have advanced in the visual effects Oscar race, including Marvel's Black Panther and two animated features, Incredibles 2 and Isle of Dogs.

It is extremely rare for an animated movie to make the VFX shortlist, and even more rare to earn a nomination. An exception was Laika/Focus' Kubo and the Two Strings, which combined stop-motion and computer animation and earned a VFX Oscar nomination in 2017. Before that, you would have to look back two decades for the last animated movie to earn that distinction, which was 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

This year's animated entries include Wes Anderson's stop-motion Isle of Dogs and Disney/Pixar's computer-animated Incredibles 2, underscoring how the lines between animation and VFX continue to blur. That trend was also evident in Monday morning's Annie Awards nominations announcement, with Mary Poppins Returns mentioned alongside Incredibles 2 in various animated feature categories.

Other contenders that made the Academy's shortlist range from Aquaman to First Man, Mortal Engines and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The complete list of 20 movies is listed below. Later this month, the VFX branch's executive committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Aquaman
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Bumblebee
Christopher Robin
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Mortal Engines
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Paddington 2
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
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