The Winners for Best Visual Effects are:
BLADE RUNNER 2049:
- John Nelson,
- Gerd Nefzer,
- Paul Lambert and
- Richard R. Hoover
Congratulations to all the teams behind Blade Runner 2049. From the incredible environment work to the digital characters of JOI and Rachel, this film delivered stunning imagery. The combined efforts of so many artists delivered a beautifully paced and worthy successor to the original Cinema classic. The original film was nominated for both Visual Effects and Art Direction in 1983 but lost in both categories. The original nominees Douglas Trumbull, David Dryer and Richard Yuricich in some respects share in this award as 2049 both extends the craft and pays respectful homage to the original Blade Runner.
In their acceptance speeches, the team tanked above and below the line crew and cast. John Nelson in particular singled out ” DNEG, Framestore, MPC, BUF, Rodeo, UPP, Atomic, Weta, Alcon, Warner Bros., and Sony”.
Below the Oscar Winning team talked Backstage.
fxguide stories about the Oscar winners and their films:
The Sci-tech Winners, fxguide stories
- Lee Unkrich and
- Darla K. Anderson
(Note the Best Animated film goes to the animated film’s producers not the film’s directors).
The Winner for Best Animated Short Film
- Glen Keane and
- Kobe Bryant
The Winner for Cinematography is: BLADE RUNNER 2049:
- Roger A. Deakins
Nominated 14 times, tonight Roger Deakins was rewarded for his outstanding work in Blade Runner 2049. The Cinematographer has been long overdue for an Oscar having done been nominated for such classics as Skyfall, Sicario, Unbroken, The Reader, True Grit, No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Kundun and Fargo amongst others. His first nomination was 24 years ago in 1994 for Best Cinematography in The Shawshank Redemption.
On stage Deakins commented on his crew and their loyalty over the years saying, “you know, I really love my job. I’ve been doing it a long time as you can see. But you know, one of the reasons I really love it is the people I work with, both in front of the camera and behind the camera. Some of my crew on “Blade Runner,” I’ve been working with for over thirty years, and others I met for the first time in Budapest. And this is for every one of them, every one of them. In fact, I gotta say it’s for us, because it was a team. It was really a team effort. Thank you, thank you, very much.”
Best Picture, Best Director and Winner for Production Design was THE SHAPE OF WATER.
Director Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale: Producers
Del Toro on stage commented, “The place I like to live the most is at Fox Searchlight because in 2014, they came to listen to a mad pitch with some drawings and the story and a maquette. And they believed that a fairy tale about an amphibian god and mute woman , -done in the style of Douglas Sirk-, and a musical and a thriller , – was a sure bet.”
The Shape of Water, fxguide story: