The Academy’s Visual Effects branch executive committee determined a shortlist for the bake-off that includes two blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World) and two surprises (Ex-Machina and The Revenant).
The films are listed below in alphabetical order and ILM participated in half of them: Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, The Revenant and Tomorrowland.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Jan. 9th, 2016. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.
The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Jan. 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by ABC at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.