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36 Years of Visual Effects in Five Minutes - A Tribute to the Academy Award winners and this year's Nominees

Every single Oscar winner for Visual Effects presented in an edited tribute montage of so many iconic moments in the films we love best.

Feb 28, 2014


From the first appearance of the Imperial Star Destroyer to the ferocious 3D swipe of the tiger Richard Parker’s paw, our lives have mostly been spent dazzled in front of cinema screens by the spectacular and the never-before-seen. The very first impulse to create films began with artists pushing the boundaries of image and imagination. As the technologies evolve, we’re forced to keep expanding our definition of what is possible. But the heart of any effect isn’t the technique, it’s the way a visual moment dovetails with a well-told story to deliver emotion on a grand scale.

The Academy Award for best visual effects has been given out since 1977, and recognizes superior achievement in visual effects. In the video montage below, editor, Nelson Carvajal takes us all on a trip across the decades, with clips from the visual effects Oscar winners of the past 36 years and a preview of this year’s nominees.Video conceived and edited by Nelson Carvajal. Music: "Time" by Hans Zimmer.


Will 2013 award the spaceships of the future, the trains of the past, the super-technological, the mythic-fantastical or the gripping realism and isolation of an astronaut struggling to survive in space? Tell us in the comments who you think deserves the Oscar this year.

Pictured above: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS vfx by Roger Guyett, Pagtrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton

Pictured above: THE LONE RANGER vfx by Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier

Pictured above: IRON MAN 3 vfx by Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick 

Pictured above: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG vfx by Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds

Pictured above: GRAVITY vfx by Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould

We congratulate all the brilliant artists behind, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THE LONE RANGER, IRON MAN 3, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, and GRAVITY. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

- David Sanger