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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


Often times, just filming reality is not enough. Especially nowadays, the visual effects artists are called upon for image enhancements that the audience might not even be aware is being enhanced with a visual effect. The more obvious visual effects tend to win this honor however, ranging from the days when visual effects meant staging an outer space scene with miniature models to the use of green and blue screen to composite actors over different backgrounds, to the groundbreaking CGI effects that can now produce unimaginable worlds, all through the use of a computer. One can almost track the growth of visual effects in film history by seeing these choices the Academy has made for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.

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1939 : THE RAINS CAME

1940 : THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

1941 : I WANTED WINGS

1942 : REAP THE WILD WIND

1943 : CRASH DIVE

1944 : THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO

1945 : WONDER MAN

1946 : BLITHE SPIRIT

1947 : GREEN DOLPHIN STREET

1948 : PORTRAIT OF JENNIE

1949 : MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

1950 : DESTINATION MOON

1951 : WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

1952 : PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

1953 : THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

1954 : 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

1955 : THE BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI

1956 : THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

1957 : THE ENEMY BELOW

1958 : TOM THUMB

1959 : BEN-HUR

1960 : THE TIME MACHINE

1961 : THE GUNS OF NAVARONE

1962 : THE LONGEST DAY

1963 : CLEOPATRA

1964 : MARY POPPINS

1965 : THUNDERBALL

1966 : FANTASTIC VOYAGE

1967 : DOCTOR DOLITTLE

1968 : 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY

1969 : MAROONED

1970 : TORA! TORA! TORA!

1971 : BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS

1972 : THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

1974 : EARTHQUAKE

1975 : THE HINDENBURG

1976 : (tie) KING KONG, LOGAN'S RUN

1977 : STAR WARS

1978 : SUPERMAN

1979 : ALIEN

1980 : THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

1981 : RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

1982 : E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

1983 : RETURN OF THE JEDI

1984 : INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM

1985 : COCOON

1986 : ALIENS

1987 : INNERSPACE

1988 : WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT

1989 : THE ABYSS

1990 : TOTAL RECALL

1991 : TERMINATOR 2 : JUDGMENT DAY

1992 : DEATH BECOMES HER

1993 : JURASSIC PARK

1994 : FORREST GUMP

1995 : BABE

1996 : INDEPENDENCE DAY

1997 : TITANIC

1998 : WHAT DREAMS MAY COME

1999 : THE MATRIX

2000 : GLADIATOR

2001 : THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

2002 : THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

2003 : THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

2004 : SPIDER-MAN 2

2005 : KING KONG

2006 : PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

2007 : THE GOLDEN COMPASS

2008 : THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

2009 : AVATAR

2010 : INCEPTION

2011 : HUGO

2012 : LIFE OF PI

2013 : GRAVITY

2014 : INTERSTELLAR

2015 : EX MACHINA

2016 : THE JUNGLE BOOK

2017 : BLADERUNNER 2049

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