Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Take a survey for the chance to win an iPad
Empire & Sky Movies present coverage of the Academy Awards
A Bluffer's Guide To The Oscars Technical Categories
AKA 'What the heck is Sound Mixing when it’s at home?'

submit to reddit

To some, the Academy Awards are divided into “the big ones” (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, etc) and the ones where they stepped out to make tea. Not us, though, and not you. The artists and artisans on the other side of the camera – the crème de la crème of VFX artistry, sound and editing – may not be household names, but their achievements justly comprise half of the showpiece event. But how do they get there? And who votes for them? Well, if Best Sound Mixing makes you think of Grandmaster Flash and an “Oscar bake-off” conjures images of a cake made from the contents of Sesame Street’s bin, this handy guide should guide you through Sunday’s technical categories.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6
  1 of 6 Next
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Iron Man 3

What is it? A catch-all term that includes practical (i.e. Gravity’s rigs) and visual effects (i.e. Gravity’s CG work)

Year introduced: 1938 (as ‘Special Effects’); 1977 (as ‘Visual Effects’)

2014 Nominees:

  • Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White)
  • Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)
  • The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)

How does the voting work?
First, the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee Contenders got together and picked ten films that weren’t Philomena. Then the respective VFX teams pitched their wares to the 323-strong Visual Effects branch of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS), currently chaired by Raiders Of The Lost Ark veteran Craig Barron, in early January. Once their collective eyeballs had been popped by short sizzle reels and their brains engaged by five-minute pitches by Joe Letteri and his fellow VFX supes, a shortlist of five was settled upon. Elysium, Oblivion, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim and World War Z were the unlucky few to miss the cut. The remaining five were put to the entire Academy, who had to cast their votes by February 25.

Favourite?
Gravity remains hotter than a piri-piri chicken re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, but Letteri and Weta Digital’s Smaug-heavy Hobbit pitch also won admirers at the bake-off.

1 2 3 4 5 6
 
1 of 6
Next

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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie
Is there a doctor in the house?

Who Are The New Mutants?
Fox’s X-Men spin-off features a bunch of fresh faces. Here’s what you need to know...

Stoical Supermen: 10 Quiet Heroes That Get Stuff Done
Silent but deadly...

Ana Lily Amirpour On A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
'There's nothing sexier than a vampire...'

Rick Baker: Creature By Creature
The make-up effects titan on his greatest creations

12 Of The Weirdest Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Done On Camera
Outside of his movies, that is...

Spooks: An Oral History
Cast and crew on the spy smash

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  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)