Here's Proof That 'Manchester by the Sea' Should've Won the Oscar for Best VFX
The Best Picture kerfuffle at the Oscars was nothing compared to this royal snub.
The films of 2016 had a lot to offer in the VFX department: we saw the live-action version of The Jungle Book, an offshore drilling rig go up in flames in Deep Water Horizon, and Dr. Strange doing strange stuff in Dr. Strange. All of these films, as well as Kubo and the Two Strings and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, were nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars. And rightly so.
But there was one film that absolutely, without a doubt should've been on that list. That film is Manchester by the Sea.
Director Kenneth Lonergan's gripping drama about a quiet guy who punches his way through his tragedy-induced depression may not strike you as a tour-de-force in visual effects, but... it was. If you thought for one second that those scenes on the Chandler family fishing boat really took place in the Massachusetts Bay, or that it was really Casey Affleck driving around Manchester in that busted-up Jeep Cherokee looking sad and colorless (and not, in fact, Vin Diesel), then you need to watch this mind-blowing visual effects breakdown.
Funny or Die strikes again, you guys. You might remember a similar video made last year in which the site broke down the fake VFX in Todd Haynes' Carol, but if you don't you, should definitely check it out. And if you haven't seen Manchester by the Sea yet, I'm sorry, because you probably won't be able to think of the protagonist as anyone but Vin Diesel with Casey Affleck's face composited onto his.