Fresh off of nine Critics’ Choice Awards nominations, Marvel Studios got some more good news today. Both Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War have made it through the latest cut in the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects. They are now on a list of twenty films that will eventually be narrowed down to five when the nominations are announced on January 24, 2017.
Marvel Studios has been nominated in the Best Visual Effects category on a number of occasions, but has never produced a winner in that or any other Oscar category. Having two horses in the race certainly helps and there’s no doubt that Doctor Strange is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the category.
The competition, however, is fierce. Disney’s The Jungle Book has been a heavy favorite all year and can count on at least a nomination. All four of this year’s other superhero films—Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Suicide Squad—remain in contention, but I don’t know if they’ll make it past either of Marvel Studios’ offerings or a field that also includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, and Passengers.
If Doctor Strange secures a Best Visual Effects nomination, that would mean back-to-back Oscar nominations for visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti. He was nominated two years ago for his last film, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Looks like he may need to have that tuxedo handy.