The category we were most excited about was, of course, Visual Effects. This year had some incredibly strong contenders, all with different styles of VFX from each other. The nominees were:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Lion King
The Irishman developed an advanced de-aging technology that didn’t involve physically marking the actors’ skin, or require them to wear special head mounted cameras, but instead created a ‘digital mask’. This was done by using not one camera but three, alongside specially developed software that analysed the actors facial movements.
For Endgame and Star Wars the effects were mind-blowingly impressive, with whole universes and hoards of digital characters being created, as well as producing visuals that would never be possible in real life.
The Lion King took photorealism to a whole new level, and to a point where younger children have been reported to ask why a real-life animal is talking.
The winner, however, was 1917 with its tour-de-force of invisible VFX complementing stand-out landscapes and modelling work. The team added story-enhancing elements such as digital tanks, piles of spent ammunition, restored the appearance of the ground, and manipulated explosions. The whole film also appeared to be one continuous shot, despite being shot in various locations.
Other categories of interest included:
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Toy Story 4
Winner: Toy Story 4
Animated Short Film
Winner: Hair Love
Ford v Ferrari
Winner: Ford v Ferrari
Congratulations to all winners and nominees.