Oscars 2020: all the nominations for Best Visual Effects and Animated Film

Here are the Best Vfx and Best Animated Short Film and Feature nominees: in February we will know which of them will win the Academy Awards


The countdown for 2020 Oscars has officially begun. On January 13, in live streaming, actor John Cho and actress Issa Rae have revealed the 124 nominations for the 92th edition of Academy Awards.

Overall, 53 movies has made into the list, and the lion’s share went to Joker, nominated in eleven different categories.


Best Visual Effects: The Lion King frontrunner

As always, though, here on NUTS we will especially focus on the categories that concern us more closely, which are animation and visual effects.

The shortlist for Best Visual Effects is exactly the same as the one chosen for the British Bafta award. According to insiders, Disney’s The Lion King is unanimously regarded as the frontrunner.

What tipped the scales in its favour was the amazing job done by Moving Picture Company, in collaboration, among the others, with legendary director of photography Caleb Deschanel, to create an actual fake live-action movie, reconstructing perfectly realistic animals and sceneries on a computer.

Among the nominees are also two other Disney heavyweights such as Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Particularly acclaimed was the use by Industrial Light & Magic, under the supervision of Roger Guyett, of both digital and practical effects on the creatures which star in the latter movie.

A huge animation and simulation effort has also been put to create the battle of Exegol, where as much as 1,000 Star Destroyers and 16,000 Galaxy spaceships are involved.

Completing the shortlist are 1917, which enjoyed the contribution of Vfx to combine single sequences into continuous shots, and Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece The Irishman, mentioned for the effects used to rejuvenate actors Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, thanks to a special software called Flux and chosen by Ilm, under the supervision of Pablo Helman.


Best Animated Feature: two nominations for Netflix

The already mentioned The Lion King isn’t up for the animation Oscar: despite being entirely rendered in computer animation, in fact, since the beginning Disney’s marketing strategy has been to claim the movie was a live-action remake, in the style of Dumbo and Aladdin.

This leaves fighting for winning, first of all, Netflix, which boasts two nominated international hand-drawn movies: I Lost my Body, from France, and Klaus, from Spain.

The other three nominees are major mainstream productions such as Pixar’s sequel Toy Story 4, acclaimed by critics, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the grand finale of DreamWorks’ franchise, and the stop-motion movie Missing Link, which has just won a Golden Globe.


Best Animated Short Film: projects from all over the world

Running for Best Animated Short Film are three independent stop-motion works: Daughter (Dcera) by Daria Kashcheeva, Mémorable by Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre and Sister by Siqi Song.

They will be playing against touching Kitbull by Rosana Sullivan (signed by Pixar) and against Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry’s crowd funded project in which Sony Picture Animation was also involved.

The ceremony will take place on the 9th of February, in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, when we will know who will be the winners!