Oscar Effects
By Rick Marshall

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.

Recent Stories


Straightforward product reviews, reliable technology news, and tools to navigate the digital world.