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This year's Academy Award nominations sparked the usual celebrations and controversies, which is half the fun. But if you're going to have a winning hand when arguing with friends about who should or shouldn't win, it helps to be informed. With that in mind, and taking a look at the Best Visual Effects category, we have assembled explanatory videos for each of the nominated films, to give you a better idea how they made that movie magic. Watch this, and marvel at the geniuses up for this prize...

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
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Nominees: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

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1 RE: Great!
L: GZ Thanks now I know the Fu@#ing ending! Give yourself a pat on the back Empire. dies! Clooney lives!! Bullock on a beach just getting out of an escape podw you may get advance free tickets to premieres but us normal working class folk who can't afford the £10+ ticket may want to see the p@#ssing film!!! F@ck Oscar I'm waiting for Interstellar! believe! and no rich kid journalist will spoil that cuz they won't understand Kip Thorns theory! he film has been out for months so there's no need to pull the silly working class thing. The only spoiler here is your post which has been amended. Given this is a link to a video that will go into some detail on the making of the films nominated it allows you to make an easy choice up front as to whether you want to see that much detail about a film you haven't seen. More

Posted by elab49 on Saturday February 8, 2014, 12:05

2 Great!
Thanks now I know the Fu@#ing ending! Give yourself a pat on the back Empire. dies! Clooney lives!! Bullock on a beach just getting out of an escape pod. you may get advance free tickets to premieres but us normal working class folk who can't afford the £10+ ticket may want to see the p@#ssing film!!! F@ck Oscar I'm waiting for Interstellar! believe! and no rich kid journalist will spoil that cuz they won't understand Kip Thorns theory! More

Posted by GZ on Saturday February 8, 2014, 00:08

3 Wow
Watching it it is clear just how amazing a film it is visually. This shows just how much they thought out of the box and the extent to which they were dedicated to making it as real as possible. The biggest thing for me though is that I wanted Amy Adams to win as I think she is magnificent in American Hustle. I am now in two minds though as Sandra Bullock's physical performance is incredible. Her time on the rigs and the movement she created is fantastic. More

Posted by pgmark on Monday January 20, 2014, 17:11

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Further agreement with zenotrapp. Gravity is a landmark in visual effects in the same way that 2001 was, and I think to many people this is an instant classic of our times. Truly mind blowing cinema. Bravo. More

Posted by Martypants on Friday January 17, 2014, 10:27

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Agree with you Zenotrapp completely. If Gravity dosent win best visual effects, Than there's something wrong with the oscars. More

Posted by Darren47 on Friday January 17, 2014, 02:11

6 DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM!!!
you should have mentioned that there are spoilers in this clip... it deserves to win big at the oscars...best female,best film,best director More

Posted by darktrain on Thursday January 16, 2014, 18:56

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Wow, Gravity really is out of everyone else's league this year More

Posted by zenotrapp on Thursday January 16, 2014, 17:12

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