Two weeks later, the Committee narrowed the list down to 10 films, each will present their work at the annual visual effects "bake-off", attended by the Effects Branch members of the Academy (along with a few seats open to the public). Each film presents a reel of completed work, along with brief remarks from each film's designated representative, usually the visual effects supervisor.
The ten films that will be presenting at the bake-off are:
- The BFG
- Captain America: Civil War
- Deepwater Horizon
- Doctor Strange
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- The Jungle Book
- Kubo and the Two Strings
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The films that didn't make the cut (part of the original list of 20 films) are:
- Alice through the Looking Glass
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Independence Day: Resurgence
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Star Trek Beyond
- Suicide Squad
- X-Men: Apocalypse
Directly after the bake-off, usually a three-hour-plus affair, each member of the Effects Branch votes on their top five choices. The five films with the most votes become Academy Award nominees for Best Visual effects. The winner of the visual effects Oscar is voted on by the full Academy membership, as are the winners of all the other categories.
The bake-off will take place on January 7, 2017, and the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, 2017. The Oscars telecast is February 26, 2017.