Well-written scripts: quite watchable. Emotive acting: yeah, we like it. Still – no match for massive explosions, are they?
YouTube channel Burger Fiction (previous hits include Every Jason Statham Punch. Ever and Every James Bond Gadget. Ever) knows this, and so the creators have made a blistering supercut of every Best Visual Effects winner at the Academy Awards, starting with 1927’s Wings, which looks to be achieved via some yellow bits superimposed over guns on a plane. Bless.
Back then, the award was known as the less auspicious ‘Best Engineering Effects’, only becoming ‘Best Special Effects’ in 1938. Then, in 1963, we entered the modern era and the current moniker was settled upon.
What you call it, there are some amazing films in here, and it’s fascinating to see how quickly visual effects developed in Hollywood. The first few of these 78 entries few start in the Wings vein, and all of a sudden a flying horse swops into view in 1940’s The Thief in Baghdad. From then it’s a breakneck gallop that encompasses Mary Poppins, King Kong, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, rounded off with 2014’s Interstellar.
Which movie will join these impressive ranks at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday? Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant or Star Wars: The Force Awakens are all nominees, and the only guarantee of the night is that Leonardo DiCaprio will trend on Twitter.