“Barbie,” “Wonka,” “Poor Things,” and “Rebel Moon” Among Oscar Visual Effects Finalists

An iconic doll comes to life, a ribald story of a young woman resurrected, and a genius chocolatier’s life as a young man are among three of the subjects of the films that have been notified they’re finalists for the Visual Effects Oscar.

Barbie, Poor Thingsand Wonka are the titles we’re talking about above, and they join 17 other films as they head into the next round of Oscar voting, Variety reports. The Oscars shortlist voting begins on Thursday, December 14. The 20 finalists will now move to this next round of voting, which will take place from December 14 to 18. Ten films will be revealed on December 21, along with nine other categories, and then five nominees will be selected after final voting that takes place between January 11 and 16. All the Oscar nominees will be announced on January 23.

Variety scoops that joining the above-mentioned films are a wide representation across the major studios and streamers, which includes Zack Snyder’s upcoming Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire, which arrives on Netflix on December 21 (it was recently moved up a day from December 22).

There is only one animated film in the grouping, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Variety has learned that some of the other films on the list of 20 are Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. As for Marvel’s parent company, Disney, they garnered two more mentions with James Mangold’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Gareth Edwards’ The Creator. 

Paramount notches three mentions with Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. 

Over at Warner Bros., they have the aforementioned Barbie and Wonka, as well as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which arrives on December 22.

Joining Rebel Moon at Netflix are Nyad and the survival story Society of the Snow. Meanwhile over at Apple, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon also received a nod, as did Ridley Scott’s Napoleon

Another film to get a mention was Toho’s Godzilla: Minus Onethe first Japanese Godzilla film in seven years and one that stomped over to American shores on a wave of great reviews.

Perhaps the most surprising omission was Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which didn’t make the cut.

Here’s the full list:

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quanumania (Marvel Studios)

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner Bros.)

Barbie (Warner Bros.)

The Boys in the Boat (Amazon MGM Studios)

The Creator (20th Century Studios)

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Paramount Pictures)

Godzilla: Minus One (Toho)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Marvel Studios)

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Walt Disney Pictures)

Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

The Marvels (Marvel Studios)

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (Paramount Pictures)

Napoleon (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures)

Nyad (Netflix)

Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures)

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire (Netflix)

Society of the Snow (Netflix)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (Paramount Pictures)

Wonka (Warner Bros.)

Featured image: Caption: (L-r) RYAN GOSLING as Ken and MARGOT ROBBIE as Barbie in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BARBIE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures


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