Marvel Studios released three films this year and each is an Oscar® contender. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp are all among the 20 films still in contention in the visual effects category. They will have to compete with each other and 17 other strong contenders in hopes of being nominated.
This has to be one of the most competitive years in recent memory with films like Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns, and Ready Player One still in the race. Solo: A Star Wars Story may not have delivered big at the box office, but it’s from a franchise that has been a mainstay in the category. It can’t be casually dismissed.
As Variety reports, the next step will be whittling the list down to 10 films later this month. From those 10, the Academy will vote to select the final five nominees.
It seems unlikely that 60% of this year’s VFX nominations will go to Marvel Studios, but all three films have a legitimate chance. Black Panther may simply add VFX to a large list of nominations while Avengers: Infinity War has the biggest and best visual effect of the year in Thanos.
Not to be discounted is Ant-Man and the Wasp. The film has plenty of cool tricks of its own. Also, visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti has been nominated for each of his previous two Marvel films, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.