Where would the sci-fi genre be without special effects? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has always tried to give the men and women behind SFX their proper due (Best Engineering Effects or Special Achievement for Special Effects). But you could say the category really took off in 1977, when they introduced the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Coincidentally, the first film to receive the award under its new title was Star Wars. As a matter of fact, the original trilogy dominated the category every year it was nominated. Other notable titles include Alien, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon. Most recently, the award was given to Life of Pi, Hugo, Inception and, of course, Avatar.
The following video is a supercut created by Nelson Carvajal. It features every winner from Visual Effects past. It's a fun walk down memory lane that reminds us of how amazing the sci-fi and fantasy genres really are.
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