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84th Academy Awards: Visual Effects

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Although one might think that this is a relatively new category, it actually dates back to the very first Oscar ceremony when the Academy gave an award for ‘Best Engineering Effects’ to the World War I flying drama Wings (1927).

Willis O’Brien‘s animation work in King Kong (1933) raised the profile of visual effects but it wasn’t until 1938  that Spawn of the North was awarded a special achievement award.

From 1938 onwards Special Effects became a category, but until 1962 visual effects were shared with sound effects nominations in a combined category.

From 1964 until 1971, the name of the category was Best Special Visual Effects, but after 1977 was changed to Best Visual Effects.

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Written by Ambrose Heron

February 21st, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Posted in Awards Season