POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Posted by · 5:13 pm · January 27th, 2009

First off, I was rather surprised that the inclusion of “In Bruges” in the original screenplay category was the readership’s pick for happiest surprise, just edging out Michael Shannon.  Very interesting.

Anyway, I’m going to be running the next few polls a couple at a time throughout the next month.  So here’s your chance to pick which contender of the nominees in each category deserves to win.

We’ll start with Best Visual Effects.  So have at it in the sidebar poll!

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  • 1 1-27-2009 at 5:25 pm

    N8 said...

    This should be a no-brainer.

  • 2 1-27-2009 at 5:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And yet we have votes for each contender already. Voila!

  • 3 1-27-2009 at 5:36 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Would be so stoked, and not entirely surprised, if Martin McDonagh pulled off a surprise victory. I think the Academy knows it’s among the best of the year, and they should have honored it more, except it didn’t fit into its release date/genre/”importance” boxes.

  • 4 1-27-2009 at 6:26 pm

    Chad said...

    While the work done to make Brad Pitt able to play Button at every stage of his life is definitely groundbreaking, too much of the film is littered with unnecessary and distracting digital effects ranging from fake sunsets to fake oceans to fake backgrounds etc. The Dark Knight gets my vote.

  • 5 1-27-2009 at 6:57 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Visual effects that seem to be ahead of their time, enhancing the movie’s visual aesthetic at every turn and providing it with something truly remarkable and mind-boggling. Seamless, and at times so much so you don’t even notice them.

  • 6 1-27-2009 at 7:47 pm

    Leone said...

    Benjamin Button has to have VFX all but wrapped up, right? What they accomplished was pretty mind boggling. I left the theater with my jaw on the floor.

  • 7 1-27-2009 at 8:10 pm

    John Travolta said...

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had wonderful special effects, but I have to give it to The Dark Knight for the way it used visual effects.

  • 8 1-27-2009 at 8:11 pm

    John Travolta said...

    I must have missed the poll for the best surprise at the oscars. I would have voted for In Bruges so i’m glad it won.

  • 9 1-27-2009 at 8:47 pm

    N8 said...

    Any other year I would have given it to TDK for its appropriate balance between CGI and practical effects, all of which were convincing and exciting.

    But the achievement on Button is just too great to pass over. It takes this category in a cake-walk.

  • 10 1-28-2009 at 1:51 am

    Jake said...

    Ben Button had great visual effects, but, as someone stated above, they are often distracting. My vote is for The Dark Knight because, also like someone has already stated, they were integrated seamlessly.

  • 11 1-28-2009 at 2:20 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    For those that still question Button here: Check out the sfx website of theirs and tell me they don’t deserve it.


  • 12 1-28-2009 at 6:03 am

    Ben M. said...

    Button will win but like last year’s winner Golden Compass I felt the effect shots stood out and were not seamless; Dark Knight’s were fine but it wasn’t really showy stuff; I think Iron Man should win. For the record the nominees I would have chosen would be Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and Prince Caspian.

  • 13 1-28-2009 at 7:26 am

    mike said...

    Wow, I can’t believe a bunch of people said the effects stood out? They looked so seamless to me and that was even after seeing some effects videos (the same ones that appear on the site listed below) on a big screen at the Film Linc talk with Fincher… I think in order of visual effects my list this year is:
    Ben Button (way above any other film)
    Iron Man
    Hellboy 2