Oscar Effects

Visual effects in Hollywood have gone from being an additional element that helped to add a touch of flavor to a film, to one of the most vital parts of the filmmaking process. Visual Effects teams can do things today that simply weren’t possible, even a few years ago, and they just keep getting better and better at it.

Since 1938, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have honored effects, in one form or another. The name of the category may have changed, but the idea has remained. The Oscar is given to the team that can make the unbelievable seem commonplace. They make it look easy, when in reality the truth is anything but.

Every year, Digital Trends peeks behind the scenes at all five films nominated for Best Visual Effects to see how their creators used technology and creativity to make us believe the impossible.

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This scene might win X-Men: Days of Future Past a VFX Oscar. Here’s how they did it

Oscar Effects: How Quicksilver managed to put time in a bottle for his memorable, super-speed scene in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

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How Interstellar won over scientists (and audiences) by building a better black hole

Oscar Effects: How Christopher Nolan's Interstellar won over scientists and audiences by building a the best simulation of a black hole ever created.

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How a raccoon and a tree became the human heart of Guardians of the Galaxy

Oscar Effects: How two VFX studios teamed up to make a talking raccoon and a sentient tree the stars of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy.

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How outdoor motion capture brought Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to a new level

Oscars Effects: How the science of wagging tongues and the ability to take the studio outside raised the VFX bar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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How digital face mapping helped time (and Falcon) fly in The Winter Soldier

Oscar Effects: How digital face-mapping helped Anthony Mackie's Falcon fly and time go by for Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Oscar Effects: The Rise and Fall of San Francisco in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

Industrial Light & Magic had to envision what San Francisco will look like in the 23rd century in order to convincingly demolish it at the climax of Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Oscar Effects: Going Locomotive in ‘The Lone Ranger’

A look at why The Lone Ranger's train sequences turned out to be one of the most extensive and expensive visual effects processes that acclaimed shop Industrial Light & Magic ever worked on.


Oscar Effects: Creating the Iron Legion of Iron Man 3

We take a close look at the work Weta Digital and others did to bring an army of modern and vintage Iron Man suits to life in Iron Man 3.