Worldwide Box Office Hit Record $41.1 Billion in 2018, MPAA Reports

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The global box office reached a record $41.1 billion last year, the Motion Picture Association of America announced Thursday in its annual report.

The growth was primarily driven by the $11.9 billion earned in domestic theaters from hits like “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and critical favorites like “A Star Is Born.”

Home entertainment, meanwhile, saw an even bigger growth of 16 percent year-over-year to $55.7 billion, bringing the total global entertainment market to $96.8 billion.

That surge for home entertainment is thanks in large part to a 27 percent increase in streaming/online video service subscriptions, which passed cable subscriptions for the first time ever with 613 million worldwide. The MPAA also found that Americans now spend 52 percent of their media time on a digital platform.

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“In today’s dynamic marketplace, stories come to life for audiences in theaters, at home, and on the go,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA in a statement. “Our companies continue to deliver content where, when, and how audiences want it – and the numbers released today speak volumes.”

The one category where there is continued decline is in 3D movie ticket sales. 3D sales reached $6.7 billion in 2018, accounting for only 16 percent of the total global gross and down 20 percent from 2017’s $8.4 billion global gross. Even in Asia, where 3D was still a relatively novel experience for many Chinese moviegoers, 3D decreased 14 percent year-over-year.

Back in the U.S., theaters continue to rely on frequent moviegoers, which the MPAA classifies as those who see at least one movie per month. These moviegoers account for 12 percent of the U.S./Canada population, yet account for 49 percent of all tickets sold.

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But teenage and young adult audiences are showing strong turnouts, holding the highest per capita attendance amongst all age groups as both the 12-17 and 18-24 age groups were both found to have bought an average of 5.1 tickets last year. Audiences are also becoming more diverse. In a year that brought films like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” ticket purchasing increased among Latinos and Asians with moviegoers compared to last year.

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How Did the Tesseract End Up With [Redacted] in ‘Captain Marvel’?

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(Major spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel”)

“Captain Marvel” may not have provided much in the way of backstory setup for “Avengers: Endgame,” but its plot still made major waves in its own right for how it subverted expectations with its big twist — at least if you’re acquainted with the Mar-Vell character from the comics.

And no, I’m not talking about the choice to have Mar-Vell be played by a woman (Annette Bening) instead of a man, though that’s obviously a pretty cool change. I’m talking about the big twist, that the Kree are actually the bad guys and Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) Skrull foes are actually just refugees. And that Mar-Vell was working with them and against her Kree masters.

Mar-Vell, who may or may not have carried the Captain Marvel mantle before she was killed by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) in 1989, was on Earth because that’s where the Tesseract was at that time — she was trying to develop what various characters refer to as a “lightspeed engine” though would, likely among other things, help the Skrull refugees led by Talos (Ben Mendolsohn) escape from the gaze of the Kree.

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That work would eventually result in Carol herself obtaining her powers — which, since said abilities are fueled by Tesseract energy, could be measures greater even than the ones she has in the comics. The Tesseract, of course, is the casing for the Infinity Stone known as the Space Stone.

But there’s a fascinating detail in “Captain Marvel” that could throw you for a loop: when we first see the Tesseract in the movie, it’s secreted away aboard a cloacked spaceship that Mar-Vell had been using as a laboratory. The film doesn’t explicitly explain why it was up there rather than at the human base where Mar-Vell worked while in disguise, but we can infer based on other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and clues that “Captain Marvel” itself dropped.

It’s been a while, but you may recall how in the first “Captain America” movie the Tesseract was found by Hydra leader Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), and he used it to create a whole bunch of dastardly new weapons, including bombs that he was going to drop on every major world capital. But Captain America (Chris Evans) foiled that plan, and the Tesseract was briefly lost in the Atlantic Ocean, where Howard Stark found it.

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The next time we saw the Tesseract was in the first “Avengers” movie. At the beginning of that film the Tesseract was in the possession of SHIELD and the United States government at a base that housed Project Pegasus, which existed to study the Tesseract and attempt to harness its energy for various projects. Then Loki stole it and went on his rampage across the planet which culminated in the Battle of New York at the end of the movie.

An important detail in “Captain Marvel” that would be easy to miss is that the base that Mar-Vell worked at in 1989, and which Carol Danvers and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) infiltrated in 1995, is none other than that same Project Pegasus base that we saw in “Avengers.”

So what we can infer, then, is that Mar-Vell, in disguise as Wendy Lawson, was able to simply take the Tesseract up to her space laboratory because she was in charge of Project Pegasus. It was probably a big deal that the Tesseract went missing for six years before being returned at the end of “Captain Marvel,” but it’s likely that project officials simply thought it had been destroyed in the crash that resulted in Mar-Vell’s death.

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At the end of the movie, in the post-credits stinger, Goose the Flerken puked up the Tesseract onto Nick Fury’s desk and Project Pegasus continued on until the events of “The Avengers.”

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops Visual Effects Society Awards

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“Avengers: Infinity War” has been honored for the best visual effects of 2018 at the 17th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards, which were handed out on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Marvel film won four awards, including the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature award in the category that most closely corresponds to the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” also won four awards, sweeping the animated categories in another show of awards strength. “First Man” won the award for supporting visual effects, while “Ready Player One” won for created environment and virtual cinematography.

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In the television categories, “Lost in Space” won four awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode, while “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” won for supporting effects.

In the 16 years of the VES Awards’ existence, its top winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects 10 times. In recent years, though, the correlation has been slipping, with only two VES winners taking the Oscar in the last five years, and six in the last 10.

Patton Oswalt hosted the show, which also presented honorary awards to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Jonathan Nolan and Chris Meledandri. Presenters included Jimmy Kimmel, Evan Rachel Wood, Steve Carell, Thomas Middleditch and Roger Corman.

The full list of winners, including the individual winners in each category, can be found at the VES website.

The Visual Effects Society Awards winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “Avengers: Infinity War”
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “First Man”
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: Lost in Space”: “Danger, Will Robinson”
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”: Pilot
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: “Age of Sail”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: “John Lewis, The Boy and the Piano”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Childish Gambino’s Pharos”
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature: “Avengers: Infinity War”: Thanos
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: Miles Morales
Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project: “Lost in Space”: Humanoid
Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial: Volkswagen: “Born Confident,” “Bam”
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature: “Ready Player One”: “The Shining,” Overlook Hotel
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: Graphic New York City
Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Lost in Space”: Pilot, Impact Area
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project: “Ready Player One”: New York Race
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “Mortal Engines”: London
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature: “Avengers: Infinity War”: Titan
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Altered Carbon”
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature: “Avengers: Infinity War”: Titan
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode: “Lost in Space”: Impact, Crash Site Rescue
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial: Apple: “Welcome Home”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “Terra Nova”

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8 Things We Learned From That Intense ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Super Bowl Commercial

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Deep breath, everyone. We’ve been waiting anxiously any and every piece of info we can get about “Avengers: Endgame” ever since “Infinity War” blew us away by killing off most of the of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s roster of heroes.

We just got, during the Super Bowl, our second piece of marketing for “Endgame,” after Disney dropped a short teaser trailer back in December. This Super Bowl ad was just 30 seconds long, but it may actually have more substance than the previous trailer. It’s all just a bunch of context-free stuff at first glance, but there may be a lot going on here.

I’m going to make that argument, anyway, over the course of the rest of this article as I break down the biggest shots from the “Avengers: Endgame” Super Bowl ad. So let’s try to figure out what we learned from this thing.

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1. The world is all out of wack

That’s not surprising at all, of course, given what happened. But this spot gives us two shots that demonstrate the weirdness of this new world. First, a shot of Liberty Island in New York with tons of boats surrounding it. And, second, a shot of Citi Field in Queens, where the Mets play, completely empty with the diamond faded. These two very brief shots say a lot.

2. Steve Rogers goes to a support group

So the Thanos snap, everybody who’s left is obviously very upset about the whole thing, with half of humanity just deleted from existence. And so Captain America himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), is going to a support group. “Where do we go, now that they’re gone?” reads the sign.  But Steve doesn’t look like he’s ready to accept the new reality. And it certainly doesn’t sound like he’s ready to accept it.

The Super Bowl ad has exactly one line in it — Steve saying, “Some people move on. But not us.” HMMMM.

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3. Tony Stark doing some kind of work with a blowtorch with Nebula on the ship they’re marooned on

So the first trailer started off with Tony (Robert Downey Jr) acting all morose and recording a message to Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) about how he’s going to die in space. This add shows Tony one time, doing something with a blowtorch to the guts of the ship he and Nebula (Karen Gillen) are stuck on.

This of course makes me immediately think of the first “Iron Man” film, when Tony built his first suit when he was captured by an Afghani warlord. Just Tony doing Tony things in order to survive. I bet he’s gonna plug the arc reactor on his chest into the ship somehow, to really drive that comparison home.

4. Rocket goes to a cabin in an unknown place

So there’s one pretty odd shot of Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in the middle of the spot where he opens the door to what looks like a seaside shack of some sort. Where is this? It looks like there’s some traps on the ground there, so presumably it’s Earth? But it’s very interesting that they’re showing this location. Because…

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5. Thor is also in an unknown place that looks vaguely like the landscape in the Rocket shot

But Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is not in that cabin that Rocket was entering. It kinda looks like he’s in a space ship that just landed somewhere. Or maybe some kind of alien ruin? But where in the world could it be? I have no idea.

6. Ant-Man and War Machine look like they’re ready to fight somebody inside Avengers HQ

There’s no indication about what’s going on there, though an earlier shot shows some of the other surviving Avengers standing dramatically in front of Avengers HQ. But they’re not in suits in that previous shot. This time, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) emphatically shut their masks like they’re ready to go at that moment. Are they just gearing up for a mission elsewhere, or is the war coming to them?

7. Steve very angrily tightening the strap on his shield

So the longest shot in the trailer is pretty inexplicable. It’s Steve Rogers holding his shield — his original shield, not the dual Wakandan shields from “Infinity War” — and violently tightening the strap holding it to his arm.

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This bit is super intriguing because out of context it doesn’t make any sense. Given how sort of angrily he pulls on that strap, you have to think this is happening during an intense moment. Could it be in the climactic fight at the end of the movie? Would the Russos really have slipped something from the end of the movie into a trailer? Well, they put a shot of Tony being said about Spider-Man’s death into an “Infinity War” trailer, so yes.

8. All the heroes who were on Earth at the end of “Infinity War” and survived the snap are in the final shot of the spot

It’s very unlikely that we’re going to see all the Avengers together — even just the ones who are alive at the beginning of “Endgame” — in the marketing, but at the very least we get every Avenger who survived Wakanda, plus Rocket, in one shot in this commercial. It feels good, even if the shot doesn’t look like a happy one and you can barely even see them. Captain America, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor, Rocket, War Machine, Ant-Man. Man.

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What You Need to Know About Mysterio and the Elementals in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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So we got our very first look at “Spider-Man: Far From Home” — notable for a lot of reasons, the biggest probably being that it will be the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that takes place after “Avengers: Endgame.”

Now, the trailer provides no clues about how that fourth “Avengers” movie is going to play out — unless you didn’t know that this movie existed, in which case you will be surprised to discover that Spider-Man is alive again. But while this first tease for “Far From Home” doesn’t do much looking back, it does appear to give us some clues about where the MCU is going once the battle with Thanos finally concludes in a couple months.

The trailer is pretty light on plot details in general, but it does introduce what we assume are most of the major players. Including five new villains: Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a quartet of monsters known in Marvel Comics lore as the Elementals.

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Let’s start by talking about Mysterio for a minute.

Several characters have operated as Mysterio, but the most famous one is Quentin Beck, Gyllenhaal’s character in “Far From Home.” Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back 1964, Beck was a special effects technician and stunt man who dreamed of becoming a movie star in his own right. When that didn’t pan out, he realized his skillset could also be useful in a life of crime, so he created his trademark fishbowl-and-cape outfit and began pulling off robberies using tricks he used to deploy in Hollywood: literal (purple-green) smoke and mirrors, poison gasses, flashy tricks of light, that sort of thing.

In his first battle with Spider-Man, he tried to frame the webslinger for robbing a museum, but was exposed and went to prison holding a serious grudge. Mysterio returned as a charter member of the supervillain team Sinister Six, and over the years attempted several revenge schemes against Spidey. He later also became an enemy of Daredevil (and was even involved in the chain of events that led to Karen Page’s death) until — and this is where it gets weird — he makes a deal with a demon, commits suicide and goes to hell, is sent back to earth from Hell, gets involved with a bunch of other crazy schemes, pretends to reform, and well, you get the idea.

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Fun fact: Though he didn’t appear as Mysterio until 1964, it was later stated that a group of aliens Spider-Man fought in “Amazing Spider-Man” #2 were actually criminals in disguise, one of whom was Beck. Which technically makes him the third Spider-Man supervillain after the Vulture and Tinkerer, who also debuted in “Amazing Spider-Man” #2. Given that Vulture and the Tinkerer both appeared in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Spider-Man is getting his original rogues gallery somewhat in the order he got them.

The main thing to know about Mysterio, though, is that he’s not some magical or cosmic being. He’s just a bitter guy nursing a serious inferiority complex, who never quite lives up to his ambitions in either legitimate or criminal enterprises, using tricks to seem more special than he really is. We’ll circle back to that in a moment.

The Elementals are more in line with the madness of the recent MCU. Their powers are real, and they’re insane. As you probably noticed in the “Far From Home” trailer.

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Created by Tony Isabella and Val Mayerik in 1974, the group first appeared in Marvel’s anthology horror series “Supernatural Thrillers.” In the comics, they’re thousands-of-years-old evildoers from another dimension who became immortal after mastering the power of natural forces (hence their name). Their leader, Hellfire, controls fire, Magnum controls rocks and minerals, Hydron controls water, and Zephyr controls air. Once upon a time, the four of them ruled a kingdom on our Earth, but were deposed when they tried to conquer ancient-ancient-ancient Egypt, and were banished from this dimension.

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They managed to make it back to our realm in the modern era, where they had a few criminal adventures and tangled a few times with the original Ms. Marvel — that’s Carol Danvers by the way, AKA Captain Marvel, who is getting her own movie five months before “Far From Home.”

Marvel hasn’t made much use of them since 1979 — their most recent appearance saw Zephyr team up with Thor for a completely bananas cosmic adventure that I won’t bother trying to describe here.

Given that Mysterio — who everyone knows is basically a con man using misdirection and special effects to commit crimes — is a big part of “Far From Home,” there’s two major possibilities for what the role of the Elementals is here. In both of these concepts, Mysterio is using them to try to pretend to be a hero.

The first idea is that the Elementals are themselves fake. Just more insane tricks by Mysterio, a switcheroo similar to what “Iron Man 3” did with the Mandarin. This plot would make “Spider-Man: Far From Home” a sort of fun little side adventure to contrast with whatever super dramatic stuff is going to go down in “Avengers: Endgame,” akin to how Marvel used the “Ant-Man” movies after the last two “Avengers” flicks.

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The second, and we would say more likely, possibility is that the Elementals represent an introduction to what’s in store in the next phase of the MCU. This whole thing has escalated dramatically from the fairly grounded first phase to operating on the cosmic scale of “Infinity War,” and the natural next step would be to explore extradimensional stuff. We’ve already been getting teases over the last couple years, with Dormammu in “Doctor Strange” and the Quantum Realm in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

It would make sense for the next phase to go in that direction, because just doing more space stuff in a post-Thanos MCU could easily feel like a retread. They’ve spent a lot of years getting us used to some pretty wacky things in the MCU, and so now would be the right time to go really deep into weirdest parts of the Marvel Comics universe.

But, hey, until we know how “Avengers: Endgame” plays out, it’s hard to make a firm guess about what “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has in store for us. But whatever it ends up being, it certainly doesn’t look like it will be boring.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops Nominations for Visual Effects Society Awards

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“Avengers: Infinity War” leads all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 17th Annual VES Awards, which were announced on Tuesday.

The Marvel movie received six nominations, one more than “Ready Player One” and “Incredibles 2.”

In Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the VES category that corresponds most closely to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, the nominees were “Avengers,” “Ready Player One,” “Christopher Robin,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Welcome to Marwen.”

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“Incredibles 2” led all animated films, with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” each receiving four nominations to trail “Incredibles” by one.

Other films with multiple nominations include “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” with three and “First Man” and “Aquaman” with two each.

Two of the 10 films that are on the Oscars short list in the Best Visual Effects category – “Black Panther” and “Mary Poppins” – did not receive any VES nominations. The omission may be particularly noteworthy for “Black Panther,” since one of the “Avengers” nominations is for the effects simulation in its creation of Wakanda, the fictional African country that first appeared in “Black Panther.”

In the television categories, “Lost in Space” led all shows with six nominations, while “Altered Carbon,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Cycles” received three and “The Deuce” and “The Man in the High Castle” received two.

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Last year, VES’ Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category was an exact match for the Oscars’ visual-effects nominees, though the winner was not the same: “War for the Planet of the Apes” took the VES Award, while “Blade Runner 2049” won the Oscar. It was the first time the two categories have matched exactly since the Oscars’ VFX category was expanded to five nominees in 2010.

Over the first 16 years of the VES Awards, almost 75 percent of the Oscar nominees have first been nominated in that category by the VES.

Winners will be announced at the VES Awards show on Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also on that show, which will be hosted by Patton Oswalt, the VES Visionary Award will be presented to “Westworld” creator Jonathan Nolan, and the VES Award for Creative Excellence will go to “Game of Thrones” producers-writers-directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

For more information, including the names of individual nominees, go to the VES website.

The VES Awards nominees:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
“Welcome to Marwen”

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Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“12 Strong”
“Bird Box”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“Outlaw King”

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”
“Incredibles 2”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Altered Carbon”: “Out of the Past”
“Krypton”: “The Phantom Zone”
“Lost in Space”: “Danger, Will Robinson”
“The Terror”: “Go For Broke”
“Westworld”: “The Passenger”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”: Pilot
“The Alienist”: “The Boy on the Bridge”
“The Deuce”: “We’re All Beasts”
“The First”: “Near and Far”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: “June”

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Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
“Age of Sail”
“Cycles”
“Dr Grordbort’s Invaders”
“God of War”
“Marvel’s Spider-Man”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
“Beyond Good & Evil 2”
John Lewis: “The Boy and the Piano”
McDonald’s: “#ReindeerReady”
U.S. Marine Corps: “A Nation’s Call”
Volkswagen: “Born Confident”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
“Beautiful Hunan”: “Flight of the Phoenix”
“Childish Gambino’s Pharos”
“DreamWorks Theatre Presents Kung Fu Panda”
“Osheaga Music and Arts Festival”
“Pearl Quest”

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Infinity War”: Thanos
“Christopher Robin”: Tigger
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”: Indoraptor
“Ready Player One”: Art3mis

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Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”: The Grinch
“Incredibles 2”: Helen Parr
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”: Ralphzilla
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”: Miles Morales

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
“Cycles”: Rae
“Lost in Space”: Humanoid
“Nightflyers: All That We Have Found”: Eris
“Spider-Man”: Doc Ock

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
McDonald’s: Bobbi the Reindeer
“Overkill’s The Walking Dead”: Maya
Peta; “Best Friend”: Lucky
Volkswagen: “Born Confident”: Bam

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
“Ant-Man and the Wasp”: Journey to the Quantum Realm
“Aquaman”: Atlantis
“Ready Player One”: The Shining, Overlook Hotel
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”: Vandor Planet

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”: Whoville
“Incredibles 2”: Parr House
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”: Social Media District
“Spider-Man; Into the Spider-Verse”: Graphic New York City

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
“Cycles”: The House
“Lost in Space”: Pilot: Impact Area
“The Deuce”: 42nd St
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: “June”: Fenway Park
“The Man in the High Castle”: Reichsmarschall Ceremony

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
“Aquaman”: Third Act Battle
“Echo”: Time Displacement
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”: Gyrosphere Escape
“Ready Player One”: New York Race
“Welcome to Marwen”: Town of Marwen

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Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
“Avengers: Infinity War”: Nidavellir Forge Megastructure
“Incredibles 2”: Underminer Vehicle
“Mortal Engines”: London
“Ready Player One”: DeLorean DMC-12
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”: Millennium Falcon

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Infinity War”: Titan
“Avengers: Infinity War”: Wakanda
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“Venom”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”: Snow, Clouds and Smoke
“Incredibles 2”
“Ralph Breaks the Internet”: Virus Infection & Destruction
“Smallfoot”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
“Altered Carbon”
“Lost in Space”: “Jupiter is Falling”
“Lost in Space”: “The Get Away”
“The Man in the High Castle”: Statue of Liberty Destruction

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Infinity War”: Titan
“First Man”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Welcome to Marwen”

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
“Altered Carbon”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”: “June”
“Lost in Space”: “Impact”: Crash Site Rescue
“Silicon Valley”: “Artificial Emotional Intelligence”: Fiona

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Apple: “Unlock”
Apple: “Welcome Home”
Genesis: “G90 Facelift”
John Lewis: “The Boy and the Piano”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
“Chocolate Man”
“Proxima-b”
“Ratatoskr”
“Terra Nova”

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Here’s the Spectacular First Trailer for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (Video)

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We’re still six months out from “Avengers 4,” but we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Peter Parker will somehow rebound after being finger-snapped out of existence in “Avengers: Infinity War.” That’s because he’ll be back in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the first trailer for which was finally unveiled today. Watch it above right now. Right now!

“Spider-Man: Far From Home” sees Peter Parker and his high school friends taking a trip to Europe during their summer vacation, where Peter finds himself up against a new supervillain: Mysterio. It marks the first-ever live-action appearance of one of Spider-Man’s earliest enemies, created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

The trailer plays pretty similarly to how “Homecoming” did, giving off a teen comedy sort of vibe. But the fun comes to a halt midway through the teaser when Nick Fury appears suddenly to shoot Peter’s best friend Ned with a sleep dart — so he can recruit the young Spider-Man for some kind of mission while he’s in Europe.

From there we get a few brief glimpses of some new villains, the Elementals — like that water monster that fully flummoxes Spidey — and the mysterious Mysterio appearing out of nowhere to…save the day?

The trailer is light on plot, so for now it’s tough to know what to make of all that. And if you were hoping for some kind of clue about “Avengers: Endgame,” well, sorry. There’s no mention here of that whole thing.

The Elementals are a quartet of ancient beings who have complete mastery of the four elements — earth, wind, fire and water — and we see all four in play in the form of that rock monster, the fire dude, that previously mentioned giant water person, and the violent lightning storm that Spider-Man glides through.

Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker — Holland actually debuted the trailer via Instagram Live — with Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio. The film also sees the return of Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, joined this time out by Cobie Smulders as ex-S.H.E.I.L.D. agent Maria Hill, and Samuel L. Jackson as former head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury.

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Meanwhile, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” comes out July 5, two months after whatever the fourth “Avengers” movie ends up being called. Which means you’ve probably got as many questions as we do, especially since we also have “Captain Marvel” hitting theaters first.

Click here to see how we think “Captain Marvel” might connect to the end of “Infinity War. Go here for what we think Doctor Strange saw in the one version of the future in which the Avengers defeat Thanos. Meanwhile, we wonder if this is who Annette Bening is playing in “Captain Marvel.” And if you need it, here’s  what happened in the comic book version of the “Infinity War” story.

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