The three movies nominated for this year's visual effects Academy Award pushed the technological envelope, says Bill Desowitz, editor of VFXWorld.com.
"Obviously, in the visual effects world there's a lot of buzz about Pirates
and the character (Davy Jones)" that (Industrial Light & Magic) made," says Rich Hoover, the visual effects supervisor on Superman Returns
. "But we all have our fingers crossed."
Winners are announced on Feb. 25's Oscar telecast. USA TODAY's Mike Snider
breaks down what made the nominated films so special: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest On DVD:
$30-$35 Who did the effects:
Industrial Light & Magic
The tentacled visage of Davy Jones, played by Bill Nighy, wasn't just another computer-generated face. Nighy wore a motion-capture suit during filming of on-deck scenes, and the Industrial Light & Magic crew led by John Knoll integrated mo-cap into the production process. The crewmembers of The Flying Dutchman were created the same way.
Nominated for three other awards — sound mixing, sound editing and art direction —Dead Man's Chest
is "the odds-on favorite" to win, says VFXWorld.com's Desowitz, "based on the immense popularity of (the film, 2006's top grosser at $423 million) and all the attention to Nighy's perfomance."