– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
– Hugo Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning
– Real Steel Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, and Swen Gillberg
– Rise of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, and Daniel Barrett
– Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, and John Frazier
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
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.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Official Oscar site
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