Academy News

Frozen Wins Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Gravity Gets Statue for Best VFX
The field for Best Animated Feature in the hunt for an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was filled with spectacular projects and a range of animation styles. But when it was ...
Digital Artistry Will Be the Big Oscar Winner
SAN FRANCISCO – Great movies are defined by great stories and, increasingly, great storytelling is being empowered by digital technology.
The Academy Awards Technical Achievements
The Oscars are fast approaching. However, the Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements were presented on Saturday, February 15, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, with a ...
Team Oscar' Winners Selected from Among College Students
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The winners of "Team Oscar" were announced recently, and they will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, live on ABC.
Oscar Week Events at the Academy
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Leading up to The Oscars, the Academy will present a slate of public events celebrating this year’s nominees.
2014 Academy Screenwriting Competition Begins
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now under way. In November, as many as five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded.
The Academy Reveals 2014 and 2015 Key Dates
BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network has announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar presentations. The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ...
The Long and Short of It
Short films have been a theater staple for many decades, dating back to the early days of the theater, where audiences were treated to a programming package that included a feature or two, short ...
Zero Gravity Adventures, Rampaging Dragons Among Effects Grabbing VFX Oscar Nominations
Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Pixomondo and WETA Digital are among the visual effects studios whose artists were recently honored with nominations from the Academy of Motion Pictures ...
cineSync Helps Rising Sun Pictures Complete VFX for Gravity
Adelaide, Australia — Cospective’s video review software cineSync played a key role in a globe-spanning VFX pipeline for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.
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The Contenders

71st Annual Golden Globe Nominations Revealed
The 71st annual Golden Globes nominations were revealed on December 12, with The Croods, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen making the list for best animated feature film. The Wind Rises, an animated film by ...
Turkey Recipe
Reel FX stuffs its first animated feature film with all the right ingredients.
Making Space
Framestore helps Director Alfonso Cuarón fight zero gravity while achieving his ambitious vision in outer space.
Work to Howl About
MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY — Produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by James Mangold, The Wolverine was filmed in Australia, The Wolverine also undertook a significant portion of its VFX down under.
Creating Monster-Size Effects
MONTREAL — Renowned visual effects production studio Rodeo FX tackled a comprehensive array of creative and technological challenges through its contributions to “Pacific Rim,” marking the company’s ...
Creating Drama for ‘The Lone Ranger’
What would a good western be without trains, barren landscapes, deep canyons, and of course, the “law” chasing after baddies on horseback. For Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp ...
Patriotic Spirit for ‘Iron Man 3’
Luma adds armor, weaponry and environmental effects in the third installment of this popular franchise.
John Toll, ASC Goes Digital for Iron Man 3
Master cinematographer John Toll, ASC recently made his first feature-film foray into digital cinematography on Iron Man 3: Revealing the Mandarin, Marvel Entertainment’s latest installment of the ...
The Gold Standard
Experts in the film industry weigh in on why certain releases may catch the attention of academy voters in the visual effects and animated feature categories.
Anticipating Oscar
Experts in the film industry weigh in on why certain releases may catch the attention of Academy voters in the visual effects and animated feature categories.
Zombie Tsunami
Artists at Cinesite and MPC animate CG zombies for World War Z
Go Large
Industrial Light & Magic artists use CG tools to create battleship-sized creatures for Guillermo del Toro’s film Pacific Rim
Sun Screen
Summer theater heats up with compelling VFX and CGI
A Snail's Race
CG animators at DreamWorks put a speedy snail on the track at the Indy 500.
Stark Realities
Seventeen visual effects studios created iron suits, explosions, glowing bad guys, digital doubles, CG environments, destruction, chaotic battles, and more for Iron Man 3
Blue Sky Studios pulls out all the stops to create a rousing animated film set in a fantasy landscape that looks real enough to be someone’s backyard, if that someone were very tiny
Crood Awakening
The latest animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation sends a naïve but energetic family on a survival quest during prehistoric times

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VES News

Autodesk Honors Promising Filmmakers with VES Student Award
"Natalis" from Filmakademie in Germany wins outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project Award.
Life of Pi, Brave Big Winners at VES Awards
At the VES Awards, it is the artists and the artistry, not the movie itself, that garners votes. But having a movie that requires state-of-the-art animation and visual effects is certainly a plus.
VES Nominees Announced
LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for its 11th Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, ...
VES to Honor Ang Lee with Visionary Award
LOS ANGELES – The Visual Effects Society will honor Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee with the VES Visionary Award at the 11th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday, February 5, at the Beverly Hilton ...
VES To Honor Ang Lee With Visionary Award
LOS ANGELES – The Visual Effects Society ( will honor Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee with its Visionary Award at the 11th Annual VES Awards. The Awards are ...

Other Awards News

41st Annie Award Nominees Revealed
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation.
SAG Honors Top Performances
LOS ANGELES — SAG-AFTRA ( presented its Actor statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2012 at the “19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” ...
Winners Announced in 2013 Golden Globes Race
The Golden Globes, considered the prelude to the Oscars, revealed their winners. Taking top honors for Best Motion Picture – Drama was “Argo,” which is also nominated for Best Picture in the Academy ...
BAFTA Film Nominees Announced
Lincoln tops the list of nominations with 10, followed by Les Misérables and Life of Pi with nine each.
Producers Guild Unveils 2013 Nominees
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced both the motion-picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. A range of films made the list for the ...
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