February 22, 2016
Oscars 2016

This Supercut of Every Best VFX Winner Ever Deserves an Oscar of Its Own

Jurassic Park
This heart-pounding supercut might predict this year's VFX Oscar winner.

With the 2016 Academy Awards inching ever closer, Burger Fiction's latest supercut is definitely one to check out. Regardless of your feelings concerning the politics of our most hyped awards show, this visual effects supercut give us a comprehensive glimpse at just how much filmic technology has changed over the last century.  

The video highlights how certain films can be pinpointed as catalysts in evolving the medium further. Notice, for example, the evolution of outer space scenes since Destination Moon won the category over 60 years ago.

The Award for Best Visual Effects was first handed out during the 1927 Academy Awards when it was known as the award for "engineering effects." It was awarded again in 1928 before disappearing for a decade and reemerging in 1938 as a special honor "for outstanding achievement in creating special photographic and sound effects." The very next year the award was combined with sound effects and called the Award for Special Effects. Finally, in 1963, it landed on its current title. 

Judging by the utter domination of the category by Amblin Entertainment and LucasFilms from the late 70's to the early 90's, it seems pretty clear who will walk—or, ahem, spherically roll—away with the award this Sunday.      

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Wow, I actually got emotional watching this. #geek

February 22, 2016 at 2:34PM

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Liz Nord
Editor-in-Chief & Lead Producer
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

Wonderful cut.

February 22, 2016 at 3:16PM, Edited February 22, 3:16PM

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Was interesting seeing the genre trends come back in and out of fashion. Space, Ocean themed, Superheroes, etc.

February 23, 2016 at 6:41AM

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Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / Producer / DP / Writer / Composer
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Very cool. My prediction is that it will go to The Force Awakens this year.

February 23, 2016 at 3:12PM, Edited February 23, 3:12PM

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Alexandra
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...those guys have a pretty good track record.

February 24, 2016 at 1:23PM

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Jon Fusco
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Actor/Writer/Director

it was last year...and the lost :( Ex Machina won. nothing really new on FA

November 25, 2016 at 11:11AM, Edited November 25, 11:11AM

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rodrigo calderon
director / dp / creative director
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"Reap the Wild Wind" not Wing

February 29, 2016 at 2:01PM, Edited February 29, 2:01PM

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Must have typed it out on an iPhone...

November 25, 2016 at 8:56AM

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Vidrazor
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great compilation...but some shots dont really show why they won.

November 25, 2016 at 11:11AM, Edited November 25, 11:11AM

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rodrigo calderon
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