A feast of Hollywood's best visual effects (video)

Compilation shows the magic from every Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in film since 1977.

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Amid all the glitz and glam of the red carpet, the center of attention in Hollywood is always the big names. But great films are the sum of their parts, and behind the scenes, creative specialists work to make all those parts flow seamlessly.

Often overlooked among the celebrity fanfare, the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects showcases the masterful use of technology to bring stories to life, from scale models of the 1970s to the more advanced modern digital technologies of today.

Nelson Carvajal conceived and edited this compilation of visual effects, looking back at the films that have won in the Best Visual Effects category going back to 1977, covering some epic moments in some of our favorite movies, including "Star Wars," "Total Recall," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and "The Matrix."