The Visual Effects Society put their heads together to nominate the best in visual effects from this year. I’m sure you already have some things in mind as for what you would nominate, but be prepared for some surprises too.
I have to say, there are a few films that I definitely did not expect to be nominated for visual effects. None of the nominations are quite as bad as Norbit‘s nod for an Academy Award, but I think it was a stretch for anyone to say that they’d expect Cloverfield, Synecdoche, New York or Changeling on the list. Sure Cloverfield was great, but so much of the photography was tight which made it pretty hard to really take in any VFX. I was incredibly disappointed to see that Speed Racer received no love on the Visual Effects shortlist, and barely any mention from The VES. The films that did receive a heavy amount of nominations though, were to be expected.
Iron Man was the big winner as far as nominations are concerned, pulling in five. Mr. Stan Winston would be proud. The Dark Knight may have won the box office battle, but Batman and company could only pull in four nominations. One of the bigger shockers that came though, was the fact that Wall-E is getting some major competition in the Animated department. Jack Black’s Kung Fu Panda chopped out a few nominations while Wall-E rolled away with another three himself. The surprise though was that Bolt sped away with four nominations.
So while this is not a big indicator for the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, this is a pretty big deal within the industry. These are nominations from people within the business, so they come from their peers. The only thing that I can gather from this, is that these guys know a lot more than I do about what goes into a specific effect. So I will trust their opinion. So I guess the question is…
What do you think was the best Visual Effects film of the year, or the single best Visual Effect?