Yesterday, we asked which of the nominated movies you believe will win the Best Picture trophy at this weekend’s Oscar ceremony. Today, let’s follow that up with your thoughts on an even more important category – one that you might actually care about. Which movie deserves to win the award for Best Visual Effects?
I feel safe in assuming that the majority of this site’s readers enjoy big action movies, and this is pretty much the only significant category where Oscar rewards that type of film. (Does anyone honestly understand the semantic distinction between Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing? Do even the Academy voters understand? These two awards usually go to the same picture anyway, and it’s almost always whichever movie is loudest.)
With the curious omission of a nomination for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (surprisingly replaced by one for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ instead), this year’s VFX slate has a pretty typical mix of mega-blockbusters (‘The Avengers’, ‘The Hobbit’) with one entry that attempts to use visual effects in an artistic way (‘Life of Pi’).
Of these, I’ve seen ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Prometheus’. While the visual effects in ‘Avengers’ were certainly plentiful and perfectly decent in quality, I don’t think the movie pushed the limits of achieving anything we haven’t seen before. (Frankly, the big citywide destruction climax was more than a little visually reminiscent of the last ‘Transformers’ sequel, wasn’t it?) As much as I hated everything else about ‘Prometheus’, I have to admit that it was a very pretty movie to look at, and the visual effects were a huge part of that. However, by the end, I felt that it devolved into just another overwrought CGI-fest.
I have a feeling that the Academy voters will go for ‘Life of Pi’ here. I’ve heard from a lot of people who were really bowled over by that movie’s visuals. Yet every trailer I’ve seen has looked like a gaudy CG-palooza. I don’t know. I’ll have to give this one the benefit of the doubt and withhold judgment until I see it.
Does the 48 fps photography in ‘The Hobbit’ count as a visual effect or as Cinematography? Will the Academy voters get confused by that distinction?
For the purposes of today’s poll, I’m only asking which movie you think deserves to win, regardless of which you predict actually will.
Which of last year’s VFX spectacles do you feel were snubbed by the Academy?