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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Tuesday led the 15th annual Visual Effects Society Awards' feature film nominations with seven, followed close behind by Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book, with six apiece in the photoreal feature categories.
Rogue One, Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book are all nominated in the top category of outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature. Rounding out that category are Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
In the VES Awards' 14-year history, the film that won the top category of outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature (previously called VFX in a VFX-driven feature) went on to win the Oscar for VFX nine times. Once, the Academy Award went to the winner of the supporting VFX category (Hugo).
Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a shortlist of 10 films that remain in contention for the VFX Oscar, which includes Rogue One, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts (the film earned two VES nominations, plus its virtual reality experience was additionally nominated), Deepwater Horizon (which received two VES nominations) and Kubo and the Two Strings. The Academy's shortlist is rounded out by four films that were not nominated by the VES: Arrival, The BFG, Captain America: Civil War and Passengers
The 15th annual VES Awards will be handed out Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Jon M. Chu