Each year here at Animation World Network, awards season marks the period on our calendar when we recognize and honor some of our industry’s most talented, dedicated and ground-breaking studios and artists responsible for the spectacular and breathtaking visuals created for feature films enjoyed around the world.
This year’s nominees for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, culled from a formidable list of 20 contenders, and narrowed down to five following this year’s annual Academy VFX Bake-off, represent the best and most creative efforts of an industry that is constantly evolving, pushing the envelope with new techniques and technologies that refine and stretch the rich history of what has come before.
That includes emotive performances from digital characters alongside galaxies of wonder, interstellar battles, photoreal digital doubles and the recreation of iconic characters from beloved classic films.
Leading up to the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, here is a handy guide to AWN’s coverage from over the past year of the five nominated films, including in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the most outstanding and memorable shorts of 2018.
Hearty congratulations to all the nominees, and to the creative teams that helped bring these films to the screen, for garnering what many consider to be the industry’s highest honors. No matter which short film takes home the Oscar Statuette on Sunday it’s a considerable achievement just to have a chance at approaching the podium, and we’ll be cheering for each and every one of them.
Avengers: Infinity War
Capturing Thanos: How the Ultimate ‘Avengers’ Adversary Was Brought to Life
How Method Studios Crafted Rocket 2.0 for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Defining Thanos: Weta Brings Motion Capture to New Heights for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Previs Plays a Major Role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Framestore Delivers Action-Packed Opening for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Sympathy for the Devil: How Digital Domain Helped Create Thanos for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Lost in Space’ Top VES Noms
PGA to Honor Marvel’s Kevin Feige with David O. Selznick Award
Framestore Delivers Spectacular Character Effects for Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’
Method Studios Brings Winnie the Pooh to Life in ‘Christopher Robin’
WATCH: Disney Releases Extended ‘Christopher Robin’ Sneak Peek
WATCH: Disney Releases ‘Christopher Robin’ Featurette
WATCH: In-Camera Effects Redefined for Oscar-Shortlisted ‘First Man’
One Small Step: Recreating the Historic Lunar Landing for ‘First Man’
Nominations Announced for 2019 BAFTA Awards
American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Nominees for 2019 ASC Awards
DNEG Appoints Acclaimed Senior VFX Supervisor Dan Glass
Ready Player One
Virtually Cool: The Third Floor Delivers Previs and Pop Culture for ‘Ready Player One’
How ILM Animated the Avatars from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’
Inside the OASIS: ILM’s Roger Guyett Talks ‘Ready Player One’
ADG Announces Nominations for 23rd Excellence in Production Design Awards
FMX Adds Spotlights on ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Last Jedi’
Box Office: ‘Ready Player One’ Scores $41M Opening
Audiomotion and Vicon Make the Virtual Real for ‘Ready Player One’
Solo: A Star Wars Story
How ILM Animated Rio, L3, and the Space Creature from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
New Sheriff in Town: ILM’s Rob Bredow Talks ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
ILM Head Rob Bredow to Deliver SIGGRAPH 2018 Keynote Address
‘Solo’ VFX Supe Rob Bredow to Keynote VIEW Conference 2018
Watch: New Trailer, Poster for ‘Solo’
The Animatronics Man: A Practical Take on Gustav Hoegen
Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.