Academy: We Will Get Visual Effects Oscar Presentation Right This Year

Oscars Plenty to go Around

Snafus in the presentation of the visual effects Oscar last year infuriated the vfx community, which was already in pain after the bankruptcies of Digital Domain and Rhythm and Hues Studios.

According to an Academy insider, the org knows that people were unhappy with last year’s vfx presentation and is committed to handling the category this year in a way that will please the vfx community.

But a deeper issue remains: “I’d love the culture to be changed,” says two-time vfx Oscar winner Rob Legato. Legato argues that awards like last year’s cinematography kudo for “Life of Pi,” don’t acknowledge the role of digital artists in creating the look of the film.

“That should be a shared award,” he says.

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  1. phastraq says:

    It would be kinda cool to see a film like Gravity win Best Animated Feature in the future.

  2. peterblood71 says:

    There should be separate cinematography awards for real (or mostly real) and virtual environments. It’s completely unfair one competes against the other.

  3. Troy Milsap says:

    I agree with Rob Legato completely. That goes the same for “Avatar” and if “Gravity” wins this year ditto. It is odd but the professional community don’t seem to get the difference between film photographed live action and one created mostly in a computer. The VFX people deserve as much or more of the credit for the final visual presentation of those films and more. Otherwise maybe “Despicable Me 2” should get the Best Cinematography award!

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