The Academy has honoured the latest instalment to the Star Wars Saga (and 2nd Anthology film) Solo: A Star Wars Story for the Visual Effects Award. Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Bredow shared a video of his household of him and his family watching the nominations being announced, resulting in the excited and adorable reaction seen below
— Rob Bredow (@rbredow) January 22, 2019
Despite the excitement about the nomination, Solo: A Star Wars Story will be facing some serious competition, with it’s odds of winning the award not looking so good. The other nominated films up for Best Visual Effects Award of 2018 are:
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Christopher Robin
- First Man
- Ready Player One
And I think we all know which film has the best chance of “snapping” up the award.
Sorry Solo, the odds are diffidently NOT in your favour I’m afraid. The Mad Titan himself, Thanos is a Visual Effect, while Josh Brolin’s performance drives the character of Thanos, none of those moments would have been possible without the special effects wizardry of Digital Domain. The visual effects company, founded by James Cameron and the late Stan Winston 25 years ago, that was tasked with bringing The Mad Titan to life via motion capture.
What was done in Avengers: Infinity War was a much more impressive feat. An antagonist, who was essentially the main Character, was done so believable, didn’t cross many audience members minds that he was CGI. He looked like a living, breathing Character.
But a nomination, that’s still something to be proud of. The saga has only won a total of seven Academy Awards (all from the Original Trilogy) over the course of it’s franchise history.
Star Wars: A New Hope (Back during the 1978’s Oscar’s it was referred to as Star Wars) earning an impressive 10 nominations, along with winning six Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Effects (Visual Effects), and Best Music (Original Score). Later, sound designer Ben Burtt was awarded a Special Achievement Academy Award for Sound Effects. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back won the Oscar for Best Sound in addition to being nominated for Best Score and Best Art Direction. It also earned a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi earned nominations for Best Original Music Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Editing, though didn’t win any Oscars. Like its predecessor, it won a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects.
The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy brought with it more nominations, though none of the films won any of their nominated categories. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was nominated for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing, while the next two entries in the Prequels Trilogy only received two nominations between them both as Star Wars: Attack of the Clones was nominated for Best Visual Effects, with Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith receiving a nomination for Best Makeup.
Similar to the Prequel Trilogy before it, the newest films by Disney/LucasFilm whilst gaining many more nominations at the Academy Awards, have yet to win an Award. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was nominated for Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Editing, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was nominated for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi receiving nominations for Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
While the odds might be stack up against Solo: A Star Wars Story, maybe Episode IX might have a better shot come next year’s Oscars.
Written by: Connor Heggie