2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Visual Effects

THE REVENANT
Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer



Although not as prominent as say the visual effects in “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the effects used in “The Revenant” are still pertinent to the story. The highlight moment of the effects is the bear attack, combining a life action Leonardo DiCaprio with a CGI bear which looks and moves so lifelike that you sometimes forget that Leo’s not actually being attacked by a real bear. On top of that, you’ve got arrows going through people’s heads, knives going into people’s hands, and enough visual effects to tie the film together, making it as realistic as possible.

What’s its competition? Subtlety will likely not work in favor of “The Revenant,” as films like “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will likely take it on volume alone. But do not completely count out “The Revenant” in this category, as the bear attack has even made news. And with 12 nominations surrounding the film, it is clear is does have some Academy support. If we were to narrow down to one major competitor, it would like be “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which also had tons of Academy support and also has the numbers going for it in terms of visual effects elements.

Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway and Jason Smith. This is the second Academy Award nomination for Cameron Waldbauer. He was previously nominated for:

  • X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)
    Nominee, Visual Effects

“The Revenant” (2015) Trailer:


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// Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon // Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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