‘Quantumania,’ ‘The Marvels,’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Stand Out as Top Contenders for the Best Visual Effects Oscar

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It’s that time of the year when major productions are vying for award nominations, and Marvel Studios is in the spotlight. ‘Loki’ has already clinched Critics Choice TV Awards nods for Best Drama, Best Actor (Tom Hiddleston), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), and Best Supporting Actress (Sophia Di Martino).

The 51st Saturn Awards, known for honoring sci-fi and high-fantasy projects, made surprising choices, nominating ‘Secret Invasion’ and ‘She-Hulk’ for Best Superhero Series, despite mixed fan reactions. Meanwhile, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ secured nominations for Best Superhero Movie.

‘Ms. Marvel’ earned its first Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design, and now Marvel Studio boasts three visual effects finalists: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ and ‘The Marvels’—all advancing to the next round.

While superhero films may not be academy favorites, facing criticism from high-profile actors and directors, the undeniable quality of their visual effects is on display. The soon-to-be-defunct DCEU also has a contender in the race, with ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ among the finalists.

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Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ secures a visual effects nomination, marking the third animated movie ever nominated, following ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’

Surprisingly, despite their extensive use of practical effects, ‘Blue Beetle,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ fail to garner any nominations.

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