Surprise winners of the VFX Oscar -- and who should have won
It's not the most controversial category in the Academy Awards, but that doesn't mean there isn't some debate around the winners of the Oscar for best visual effects.
1965 winner: 'Thunderball'
In its 50-year run of 24 films, the James Bond franchise has gathered 14 Academy Award nominations, but only ever walked away with four wins -- and two of those were for 2012's "Skyfall." The win for "Thunderball" (which was more for the underwater sequence than for the functioning jetpack) was the first of these and a surprise when it was up against...
Don't start yelling at me on Twitter just yet. "Alien" is clearly one of the greatest films ever made. But that year it was up against "The Black Hole", "Moonraker", "1941" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". So who should have won?
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To my great shame, I saw this film in the cinema and I still feel bad about myself. Nominated along with "Alien 3" and "Batman Returns", the surprise isn't necessarily that this movie won. It's that the Academy didn't pull a 1973 and just not give out the award.
Could have been subtitled the "Oscar winner that everyone forgot existed". Critically panned, there's a reason this wasn't a high-profile flick at Robin Williams' memorial. Don't get me wrong, rivals "Armageddon" and "Mighty Joe Young" aren't exactly "Citizen Kane" but...
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... given that the original "Mighty Joe Young" picked up the Oscar for Special Effects (as it was called back in 1949), there would have been a nice symmetry for the win. Plus, with "King Kong" winning in '76 and '05, it would prove that great apes are the best cinema.
Of course, the other options for that year were "Superman Returns" and "Poseidon". But at the least "Poseidon" has distinction of making it into the Guinness Book of Records for having the most detailed CGI model in a film.