Oscars 2016 – Best Visual Effects

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Visual effects are used in films to produce imagery not possible while producing the shot. CGI (computer generated imagery) receives most awards in this category at present. Films that create new techniques are normally set to win the award, however this year there wasn’t anything groundbreaking like that.

Our predictions and analysis is below:

This year, The Jungle Book seems primed to win after developing the technology used in Avatar to such fantastic extent. Although all shot on a soundstage, you could almost never tell the jungle and animals weren’t real. It was certainly the feat to beat this year. Rogue One does some impressive work as well though, bringing to life the K-2 droid and recreating characters Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing in their younger forms.

Doctor Strange was Marvel’s entry of the year, developing some pretty trippy Inception-style graphics. Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop-motion animated feature, which I wouldn’t have expected to be nominated here. However, there were two VFX scenes with the 3.5 ft Moon Beast and 18 ft (and largest in stop motion history) Skeleton. It’s pretty impressive how they completed those scenes in post.

I would have liked too see Arrival here for the heptapod aliens and the way their unique written language was portrayed. Instead, Deepwater Horizon was nominated which was a bit of a surprise.

  1. “The Jungle Book”
  2. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  3. “Doctor Strange”
  4. “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  5. “Deepwater Horizon”

Who do you think will win? Tweet us @reviewsbylauren!

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