Oscar Effects

Every year, five films are nominated for an Academy Award in the “Visual Effects” category. Each of the projects nominated this year offer a unique, inside look at the amazing tricks filmmakers and their talented effects teams use to pull off the visual spectacles that make for a big-screen blockbuster. In recognition of these five films — and one of our favorite Oscar categories — we’re putting the spotlight on one “Visual Effects” nominee each day leading up to Sunday’s broadcast, and taking a closer look at what made them stand out.

Every year, five films are nominated for an Academy Award in the “Visual Effects” category. Each of the projects nominated this year offer a unique, inside look at the amazing tricks filmmakers and their talented effects teams use to pull off the visual spectacles that make for a big-screen blockbuster. In recognition of these five films — and one of our favorite Oscar categories — we’re putting the spotlight on one “Visual Effects” nominee each day leading up to Sunday’s broadcast, and taking a closer look at what made them stand out.

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How the ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ FX team created a realistic ape army

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Behind the breathtaking visual effects of ‘Blade Runner 2049’

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How the ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ FX team crafted its skin-crawling villain

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Where Baby Groot’s dance moves came from, and other FX secrets from ‘Guardians 2’

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How the ‘Kong: Skull Island’ FX team built a bigger, better King

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Oscars 2017 Best Visual Effects nominee recap: A look at a year of Hollywood magic

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How ‘Rogue One’ brought a famous actor back to life, and changed movies forever

A combination of innovative, hands-on filming techniques and groundbreaking advances in facial mapping earned Rogue One an Oscar nomination, and a place among the year's best visual-effects experiences.
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How the studio behind ‘Kubo’ went high tech to make stop-motion look astonishing

Step behind the scenes for a hands-on look at state-of-the-art animation studio, Laika. The studio's mix of 3D-printing, stop motion, and CGI to create the breathtaking film Kubo and the Two Strings garnered two Oscar nods for Sunday's…
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How ‘Jungle Book’ did the impossible, and made the entire animal kingdom talk

The visual-effects team responsible for bringing talking animals to life in The Jungle Book explains how they created the creature FX in the Disney blockbuster, one of five contenders for this year's Visual Effects Academy Award.
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How M.C. Escher inspired the magical, mystery world of ‘Doctor Strange’

The VFX producer on Marvel's Doctor Strange explains the process behind creating the mind-bending, physics-defying visuals that earned the film an Oscar nomination.
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How ILM built, and destroyed, one of the largest sets ever for ‘Deepwater Horizon’

Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon combined one of the biggest sets of all time with high-tech fire created from practical and digital effects to produce an Oscar-nominated disaster film.
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The Force Awakens did CG so well, not even the FX artists can spot it all

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How The Martian’s filmmakers turned a Jordanian desert into The Red Planet

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How Mad Max Fury Road twisted real steel for effects computers can’t top

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How Ex Machina built a better, beautiful, and utterly believable android

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