It has been a long time since the Academy Awards recognized the technical contributions of special effects to movies – it was the year 1928, to be exact. Now that we are in a more modern era, Hollywood has been relying heavily on special effects. This makes the field a huge deal in the industry. This year, ‘First Man’ takes home the win for Best Visual Effects. This isn’t the first nomination for Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and JD Schwalm – not even their first win. These veterans have been in the game for so long. Therefore, it is not unusual for their names to pop up in movies with heavy visual effects that reek goodness.
Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick)
The Avengers and their allies must set aside their differences to defeat the intergalactic threat. Thanos, a powerful being, seeks to destroy half the population of the galaxy. In order to do so, he needs to use the six Infinity Stones he just acquired.
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Christopher Robin (Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, and Chris Corbould)
Set in the 1940s, Christopher Robin is now a London executive. In exchange for his soaring career, he now has too little time for his wife and child. His childhood friend, Winnie the Pooh, shows up suddenly. Pooh convinces Christopher to aid him back to Hundred Acre Woods. Along the journey, Christopher realizes that he needs to eventually reconnect with his imagination and most importantly, his family.
First Man (Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and JD Schwalm) *WINNER*
The year was 1961 and test pilot and engineer, Neil Armstrong, joins NASA. It was also during this time that NASA was in charge of landing an American on the moon by end of the decade. Despite the potential danger that the mission entails and the immense pressure to his family, Armstrong remains dedicated to the objective and eventually ends up as the first man on the moon.
Ready Player One (Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, and David Shirk)
In the year 2045, people play in the OASIS, a humongous virtual reality game where you can be anyone or anything, to escape their mundane lives. After the passing of OASIS’s creator, orphaned teen Wade Watts teams up with other players to locate the hidden keys that will eventually decide the ownership of the game.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Dominic Tuohy)
A standalone film about Star Wars’ Han Solo and his past where he is forced to abandon Qi’ra, his partner in crime. To escape imprisonment, he joins the Empire but he meets her again three years later as part of a smuggling crew. He is teamed with fellow pilot, Chewbacca, and they eventually join forces with notorious gambler Lando Calrissian as he seeks to reunite himself with Qi’ra and outwit the gangsters after them.