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Nvidia Powers 13 Years of Oscar-Winning VFX

Once again, the technology company’s professional GPUs are behind all five VFX Oscar nominees; the 93rd annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, April 25.

Earlier today, Nvidia's Rick Champagne shared the following in celebration of this year's VFX Oscar nominees:

For the 13th year running, Nvidia professional GPUs have powered the visuals and cinematics behind every Academy Award nominee for Best Visual Effects. 

The 93rd annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, April 25, with five VFX nominees in the running:

  • The Midnight Sky
  • Tenet
  • Mulan
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Love and Monsters

Although many of the planned tentpole summer and holiday blockbusters were not released in 2020 because of the pandemic, this year’s lineup of VFX nominees was still produced with innovative tools, new techniques, and equally impressive visuals.

For the visuals in The Midnight Sky, Framestore delivered breathtaking VFX and deft keyframe animation using cutting-edge film tech including ILM StageCraft with the Anyma Performance Capture system, George Clooney-supervised previs, and face replacement sequences. The Framestore team was already honored with multiple accolades at this year’s VES Awards.

Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Tenet, is made up of 300 VFX shots that create a sense of time inversion. During action sequences, DNEG used new temporal techniques to show time moving forward and in reverse.

In Paramount’s Love and Monsters, a sci-fi comedy about giant creatures, Toronto-based visual effects company MR. X delivered graphics that earned them their first Oscar nomination. From colossal snails to complex crustaceans, the film featured 13 unique, mutated creatures. The VFX and animation teams crafted the creatures’ movements based on how each would interact in a post-apocalyptic world.

To create the impressive set extensions, scenic landscapes and massive crowds in Disney’s most recent live-action film, Mulan, Weta Digital tapped NVIDIA GPU-accelerated technology to immerse the audience in a world of epic scale.

While only one visual effects team will accept an award at Sunday’s ceremony, millions of artists are creating stunning visuals and cinematics with NVIDIA RTX. From powering virtual production sets or accelerating AI tools, RTX technology is helping to shape the future of storytelling.

Source: Nvidia

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