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Feb
25

Oscars 2017: Our picks for this year’s awards

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by
Carrie Mok

The 89th Academy Awards are almost upon us, and here at 3D Artist and Creative Bloq we have picked our favourites for Best Visual Effects and Best Animated Feature

The 89th Academy Awards are almost upon us, and here at 3D Artist and Creative Bloq we have picked our favourites for Best Visual Effects and Best Animated Feature.

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Jungle Book
Although I was incredibly impressed with the digi doubles and bizarre Mandelbrot effects in Doctor Strange, for me the winner here has to be The Jungle Book. MPC has set a new bar for creature work, with some stunning animation on display and great work from the groom team.

Steve Holmes – Editor, 3D Artist
 

The Jungle Book
Being one of my most loved Disney films as a kid, I went to see Jon Favreau’s new version with a serious sense of trepidation and hope that Hollywood wasn’t about to ruin some of my all-time favourite characters. But I couldn’t have been proved more wrong. The photorealistic creature and character work by the likes of MPC and WETA in this film is breathtaking, nothing short of phenomenal. It’s incredible to think how far we’ve come in recent years when it comes to creating lifelike CG animals, and the Jungle Book is an absolutely shining example of the brilliance that can now be achieved.

Kerrie Hughes – Associate Editor, Creative Bloq
 

The Jungle Book
I’ve never been more overwhelmed by the power of VFX than for The Jungle Book. The standout element for me is of course MPC’s photoreal animals, but the environments are a very, and I mean very, close second – the use of the Quixel Megascans library really shines for the jungle vegetation. My favourite image that brilliantly the amazing work that MPC did on The Jungle Book, is the one with Neel Sethi (who plays Mowgli) acting with director Jon Favreau in a pool of water, surrounded by greenscreens. The transformation of all of that into the river scene of Mowgli and Baloo is truly unbelievable work.

Carrie Mok – Features Editor, 3D Artist

 

Doctor Strange
The Inception-style building folding sequence and the fantastic rigging work on Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen’s character) as he gets bound up were incredible. And let’s not forget the animation work for the multiverse realms that Doctor Strange travels through. Visually captivating and inspiring work – hats off to all the studios involved!

Amy Hennessey – Editor in Chief, Creative and Design

 
 
 

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Zootopia
Upset not to see Finding Dory on the list to be honest – it was a great movie if you ask me, and seeing RenderMan RIS tech in full force was impressive. So, in lieu of backing Pixar, my choice here has to be Zootopia. Beautifully designed, technically marvellous and genuinely funny, Disney’s new IP really stood out and I enjoyed every second. The sloth scene was bloody great.

Steve Holmes – Editor, 3D Artist

 

Kubo and the Two Strings
So tough to choose between these nominations but my vote has to go to Travis Knight’s enchanting tale of a young bog named Kubo on a quest to find a magical suit once belonging to his father. A beautiful story, complemented perfectly by complex and highly impressive animation techniques by Laika Studio.

Kerrie Hughes – Associate Editor, Creative Bloq
 

Moana
Being able to make water, liquid simulation, and towering volcanic clouds and lava into characters is a piece of art in itself – not to mention the usual amazing character work. Walt Disney Animation Studios has really impressed here. Side note: How Far I’ll Go is the best song from a 2016 feature film.

Carrie Mok – Features Editor, 3D Artist
 

Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo is the first film to be nominated for both a VFX Oscar and Animation Oscar (The Nightmare Before Christmas was nominated for Best Visual Effects in 1993 before the Best Animated Feature award existed), but it’s a phenomenal mix of visual effects, stop motion animation and 3D printing. Laika has a really unique model of feature films in its hands and I really can’t wait to see what the studio comes up with next.
Amy Hennessey – Editor in Chief, Creative and Design