Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton
Most Oscar followers will agree that there is almost no beating “Gravity” in the Best Visual Effects category this year. The stage is set much like last year, where “Life Of Pi” was the definite winner of the bunch longer before the awards were announced. Plus you had “The Avengers” whose place is now taken by “Iron Man 3” as the superhero entry in the category, the sequel to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” obviously steps in for the previous installment, “The Lone Ranger” takes care of the period piece, fantasy, which was represented by “Snow White and the Huntsman” last year, and for science fiction fodder, “Prometheus” is replaced with “Star Trek Into Darkness”. To me, the science fiction films work the hardest, having to create almost an entire world with set pieces and enhancements. Doing this seamlessly is the major achievement. On shear scale level, “Star Trek Into Darkness” would be an obvious contender, building giant space ships, planets, teleporting effects, and all the bells and whistles that immerse an audience into the fiction that is represented on the screen. However, “Gravity” is a science fiction film in space as well, done so with a much more subtle delivery. It cannot be denied that without visual effects, “Gravity” would not be the technically sound film that it is and it being nominated for and in the running to become Best Picture winner, there’s no mistaking that “Gravity” will be taking this award. Don’t let this discredit “Star Trek Into Darkness” though, as it too is made astounding with its visual effects, but is a slightly lesser film in comparison with the much loved “Gravity”. Both Burt Dalton and Roger Guyett were nominated for “Star Trek” (2009) with the former winning a visual effects Oscar the year prior for “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button” (2008). Ben Grossman won for his work on “Hugo” (2011), while Patrick Tubach receives his first recognition.
// Produced by J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci //
// Directed by J. J. Abrams //
// Dated Viewed: Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 // BLU-RAY // 38 films – 41 days //