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‘Avatar 2 not winning this award would be Oscar robbery’: Internet Demands James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water Beat Black Panther 2 for Best Visual Effects

'Avatar 2 not winning this award would be Oscar robbery': Internet Demands James Cameron's Avatar: The Way of Water Beat Black Panther 2 for Best Visual Effects

Visual effects have long been a key component of Hollywood blockbusters. But the impact of these effects has steadily risen over the course of the past few years. With time, movies employed advanced visual effects to bring their characters to life. The sequel to the 2009 film, Avatar 2, is one of the biggest examples of such movies. The film which was recently released has taken everyone by surprise as it represents the story of the Sully family on the beautiful planet of Pandora, with the help of visual effects.

Sam Worthington as Jake Sully in Avatar 2
Sam Worthington as Jake Sully in Avatar 2

The 2009 film was highly praised for its visual effects and even won the title for Best Visual Effects at the 82nd Academy Awards. And following its path, the sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, has also become the top contender at the upcoming Academy Awards.

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The Academy Revealed Contenders For the Best Visual Effects

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its picks for the 2023 Oscars in 10 categories. The VFX branch executive committee shortlisted 10 movies for the Best Visual Effects category, including films like Avatar: The Way of Water, The Batman, Black Panther 2, and Nope. Although it has some of the biggest films of 2022, Avatar 2 is still leading the way in the Best Visual Effects category.

Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

The list includes All Quiet on the Western Front, The Batman, Black Panther 2, Doctor Stranger 2, Jurassic World Dominion, The Secrets of Dumbledore, Nope, Thirteen Lives, and Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water sets a new standard for visual effects as James Cameron went on to film a major part of the film underwater. Joe Letteri and Richard Baneham, the VFX artists who worked on The Way of Water’s visual effects, claimed that even after years of experience they had to learn new ways for the sequel.

Avatar: The Way of Water
Avatar: The Way of Water

“Water is both a blessing and a curse,” Joe Letteri said during his interview with Vanity Fair. The four-time Oscar-winning visual-effects artist claimed that working on The Way of Water was not easy.

Fans are also saying that Avatar 2 deserves to win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects considering the efforts and time it took to bring it to the big screen. The shortlisted films will be featured in the VFX branches’ Bake-off, after which only 5 films will be selected for nomination under the category.

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Fans Cheer For Avatar 2 at the 2023 Academy Awards

Fans have been cheering for Avatar 2 to win under multiple categories at the 95th Academy Awards. Although some of the films on the list are expected to be tough competition for the sequel, they are sure that Avatar: The Way of Water will win under Best Visual Effects category.

People who haven’t even watched the film are claiming that The Way of Water would be the one winning the title. They even went on to claim that if Avatar 2 does not win this award, it would be the biggest “oscar robbery in history.

Some people did say that Jordan Peele’s Nope could win the title at the 2023 Oscars, leading fans to remind Avatar 2’s presence on the list. The absolute perfection of its VFX has made fans confident that the sequel would win Best Visual Effects at the Oscars and no film cat beat it.

Avatar: The Way of Water is playing in theatres.

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Source: Discussing Films

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.