How They Did It: The 2014 Visual Effects Oscar Nominees' Making-Of Videos

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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...

Nominees: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

Nominees: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds

Nominees: Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick

Nominees: Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier

Nominees: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton