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Posted Jan 13

'The Lion King', '1917' nominated for Best Visual Effects at Oscars 2020

by Jane Bracher
'The Lion King', '1917' nominated for Best Visual Effects at Oscars 2020 by Jane Bracher

The Lion King and 1917 have been nominated for Best Visual Effects in the Academy Awards 2020. The list was published Monday, 13 January on the official Oscars website.

Rounding out the nominees in the category are Avengers: EndgameThe Irishman, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Technicolor's award-winning VFX studio MPC Film worked on both the photorealistic reimagining of The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, and the technically impressive 1917, directed by Sam Mendes.

Both films were also nominated for Best Visual Effects in the just-concluded Critics' Choice Awards with Avengers: Endgame taking the award. They also garnered nominations in the upcoming VES Awards.

1917 enters the Oscar conversation with plenty of momentum following big wins for Best Picture at the Golden Globes and Best Director for Mendes in both the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards.

MPC Film's visual effects work on The Lion King is highlighted by the innovative use of Virtual Production and the overall "documentary-style sense of reality".

MPC Film VFX Supervisor Adam Valdez, who was at the helm of Disney's The Lion King along with Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliott Newman, previously won an Oscar for his work on 2016's The Jungle Book

Meanwhile, 1917, although it came into the awards season quietly with its late theatrical release, has been hailed by critics for its technical feat. IndieWire dubbed it "a bold, single-take epic". 1917 follows the story of a World War I mission in a race against time. 

The 92nd Academy Awards is slated for Sunday, 9 February in Hollywood.

See the full list of nominees for all categories here. – thefocus.com

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