Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Feature
Making Magic: Behind The Scenes Of This Year's Oscar-Nominated Visual Effects
Watch videos that take a closer look at the 2013 Oscar Visual Effect nominees

submit to reddit

The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects kicked off with a Lucas-versus-Spielberg battle of the buddies in 1977, Star Wars pipping Close Encounters to the inaugural gong. Since then, it’s recognised barrier-busting movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. This year is no exception in the innovation stakes, especially if you’re a fan of jungle-real tigers, extra-terrestrial nastiness, Hulk smashing and trolls, lots of trolls.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5
  1 of 5 Next

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Nominees: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White

Modest and unshowy, Weta Digital supremo Joe Letteri has in recent years pioneered a revolution in effects work from the company’s Wellington HQ. Weta gave us the performance-capture of Gollum and King Kong, the digital detail of Pandora in Avatar and now the dwarves’ encounter with Tom, Bert and William in Trollshaws and Goblin-Town in The Hobbit. Weta Digital has picked up five Oscars since it was set up by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk back in 1993, and a sixth looks like a strong possibility.

1 2 3 4 5
 
1 of 5
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 Life of Pi
Life of Pi will win, no doubt in my mind More

Posted by Moronifighter on Thursday January 17, 2013, 12:59

2 Awesome stuff
I Think ILM should win an Oscar just for that VFX breakdown. That was excellent and creative! Obviously it'll go to The Hobbit though. And rightly so. More

Posted by Deydalarozi on Wednesday January 16, 2013, 18:30

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Bond Girls Who Made It Big
The actresses who overcame the curse of 007 to forge successful careers

The Future Of Film: A Woman Will Direct Star Wars
No longer a men’s club, Hollywood is going to start opening its doors...

The Empire Podcast #130: Interviews With Rosamund Pike, Lee Child And Antoine Fuqua
The Gone Girl star, Jack Reacher author and The Equalizer director pop in for a chat

The Future Of Film: Movie Posters Will Talk To You (And Buy Your Tickets)
Movie posters will be bigger, better... and talk to you?

The 50 Greatest Voice Performances In Movies
Who has the most talented tonsils in town?

25 Movie Songs Bigger Than The Movie
The film tunes that transcend their origins...

Denzel Washington: A Viewer’s Guide
The highs and lows of The Equalizer star’s career to date

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)