On Tuesday 23 January, after months of anticipation, this year’s Oscar nominations were announced with Guillermo del Toro’s monstrous romance The Shape of Water leading with 13 nominations. In the run-up to the 90th Academy Awards on 4 March, we want to look at a few categories in more depth and for you to vote for your winners. We’re going to be focusing on a new category each week.
This week the spotlight is on visual effects. Four of the five films nominated for the Visual Effects Oscar have used conventional CGI to create creatures like Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Our second-year visual effects degree students are currently designing and sculpting a creature of their choice which will soon be animated using motion capture data. The protagonist of War for the Planet of the Apes was also created using motion capture thanks to the amazing acting from Andy Serkis, who has also played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings.