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Avatar Wins Best Visual Effects Oscar

Oscar StatueAvatar, the computer-generated Sci-Fi movie which combines live action with digitally-enhanced performances and state-of-the-art visual effects in 3D, won three technical awards at the 2010 Academy Awards Ceremony. The spectacular movie, directed by James Cameron, is the most expensive and successful film of all time with over $2bn (£1.32bn) in box office takings.

Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” had been nominated in nine categories, but Avatar only won three awards – art direction, cinematography and visual effects. The Hurt Locker won the other three technical awards – film editing, sound editing and sound mixing, in addition to, best picture, best original screenplay, and best director. 3D film Up won the best animated feature film and the best original score.

Full List of Winners for the 2010 Academy Awards

  • BEST PICTURE – The Hurt Locker
  • BEST DIRECTOR – Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
  • BEST ACTOR – Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  • BEST ACTRESS – Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Mo’Nique (Precious)
  • BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – El Secreto de Sus Ojos – The Secret of Their Eyes (Argentina)
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire)
  • BEST SOUND MIXING – The Hurt Locker
  • BEST SOUND EDITING – The Hurt Locker
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG – The Weary Kind (theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy Heart by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Up (Michael Giacchino)
  • BEST FILM EDITING – The Hurt Locker
  • BEST MAKE-UP – Star Trek
  • BEST COSTUMES – The Young Victoria
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Music by Prudence

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  2. Stackers

    March 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Isn’t it funny that Bigelow has beaten her ex? For me Avatar is far more a winner anyway.

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    March 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Thanks great! Avatar has broke another box-office record…

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  5. CouponWebz

    March 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Hurt Locker is good, but I was really blown away by the cool special effects and CGI of Avatar. Oh, and Cristoph Waltz is really awesome. He truly deserves the award 😀

  6. Ray

    April 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Avatar is by far the greatest movie I have ever seen. Not so strange when I am a true Sci-fi fan. I simply love it. Have watched about 5 times already, and if I am right, I will watch several times more before I put it away..For a while:-) – Ray J.

  7. Felicienne Plaisir

    April 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Avatar is for me the best Sci-fi movie ever ! I went to the cinema to watch it and it has truly exceeded my imagination !

    Even though, the others nominees are great too but for me Avatar should have won some more … Too bad !

  8. Mobil Abonnement

    April 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Has anyone tried the avatar your face service on the web. I tries, and my face looks like it was taken from the movie. So cool:-)

  9. Missy coquine

    May 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Avatar was build to win this Oscar, and it’s a great movie anyway


  11. Kjøkken

    September 30, 2010 at 7:14 am

    I have seen Avatar once but when I saw it the second time, the thrill was totally gone. This is not a movie that I will watch many times. First I thought I would, but now I don’t. I believe this has something to do with the shifting between the spaceship with humans, to the world of Pandora. I like that things are stable 🙂

  12. courses gold coast

    November 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I have seen Avatar and I can really say that its visual effects are fantastic. I am definitely amazed with it.

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    November 8, 2010 at 4:35 am

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  14. Russ

    November 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Well deserved I think, it was pretty stunning (a bit long though)

  15. Paycor

    January 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I loved both Avatar and the Hurt Locker, but they are in many ways two completely different movies. It would be very difficult to rate them against each other in my opinion. I’m looking forward to Cameron’s new 3D release Sanctum. I think it will do very well at the box office because it is 3D but with live action instead of the bulk of the action being CG. Carly Shea

  16. Lacobel

    March 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Avatar is the greatest movie ever!

  17. Mike

    March 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I love the Avatar for visual effects!

  18. Immigration Montreal

    April 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

    If you’ve seen Avatar in Imax 3D, it’s hard to imagine another film that was more visually breathtaking. The “best picture” is a matter of opinion, but Avatar was a superior technical achievement worthy of its Academy Awards.

  19. Paul Butcher

    April 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    It would have been interesting to see James Cameron accept the “Best Picture” award for Avatar. After his “King of the world!” acceptance speech for Titanic, would he scream “I see you!” if he won?

  20. Stuart Knox

    April 25, 2011 at 2:45 am

    While the special effects were amazing, I must admit that I stopped watching half way through the film. Just not my cup of tea.

  21. John

    April 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Special effects were incredible and the reason for my purchase of a blu-ray player! Now seriously considering the purchase of a 3D TV!

  22. Gina Cittone

    April 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Now that James Cameron has set the bar for mind-blowing technical achievements, you know who will outdo Avatar? James Cameron, for the Avatar sequel. It’s is supposed to be even more advanced, and entertaining.

  23. CAPM

    April 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    While Avatar was recognized for its technical aspects at the Academy Awards, it didn’t make a mark in any performance or story categories. I personally did enjoy the concept of the film, but it is yet another example of a visually stunning film that doesn’t tug at the heartstrings.

  24. Marion

    April 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    @ Immigration Montreal:

    To truly appreciate what Cameron achieved, you have to see it in IMAX 3D – it is the perfect example of feeling like you’re in the worlds that he created. I can’t wait for the sequel for the underwater sequences!

  25. Darrin Walker

    May 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll tell ya one of the reasons why Avatar was so groundbreaking: there was little to no blur with the CG motion! It always takes me out of the story of the movie when I’m hyper aware of the effects.

  26. Scott

    May 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I feel like now that Avatar has raised the bar so high, every film that wins a visual effects Oscar will be in that film’s shadow. Although, I would love to be proven wrong…

  27. Gemma

    May 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks to Avatar, I did very well in my Oscar pool. Thanks to The Hurt Locker, I did not win.

  28. Morris B.

    May 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Interesting that Avatar was both the most successful and the most expensive film ever. I know it’s not always the case (Waterworld, anyone?) but it reminds me of the Yankees… throw a lot of money at something, and it should produce a popular result.

  29. Kate Wilson

    May 12, 2011 at 6:10 am

    To all the winners and candidates congratulation, you did your part and you did a good job. Be proud of yourself.

  30. Stan

    May 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

    They deserved it, Avatar was a hell of a film and in terms of visual effects, pretty mind blowing to say the least!

  31. Quinn

    May 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    When everything is CG in a film like Avatar, other films enjoy competing in the old school categories, like “Best Make-Up”

    • Joe

      June 18, 2011 at 3:48 am

      You mean those guys in the Avatar movie weren’t wearing makeup? 😀

  32. Cameron

    June 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I saw Avatar 3 times in the 3D IMAX theater. I knew that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, that would not feel the same in a home theater.

  33. Barry

    July 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I just watched Avatar again. At first it was all about the eye candy, but I have to admit, the performances (in particular, the newcomers) were quite admirable, considering they were practically drowning in CGI…

    • Mark

      August 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

      With all the CGI going on it’s easy to forget that there’s an actual storyline going on behind it all. I didn’t even realize the main point of the movie until the 2nd time I watched it which wasn’t in 3D so I wasn’t so distracted that I couldn’t follow the story.

      • Simon

        October 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        I have to admit that I never thought I would ever see Avatar if it wasn’t in 3D, so I guess that just goes to show that I am less interested in the story. At the same time, I thought the story was uplifting, if not simple…

  34. Marc Rasmussen

    August 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I love this movie. The graphics are really amazing. It brought entertainment into the next level. I can’t wait to see Avart 2. I heard it will be released on 2014. It’s still a long way but it’s worth the wait! Cheers!

  35. Randy D.

    October 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This movie was so revolutionary and single-handedly changed the movie going experience. Ever since the Avatar – now almost all, Sci-Fi, Action or Animated movie, that is newly released, has a 3D option. Great post.

  36. Belevation

    November 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Yes it really did change the movie going experience, and for the better too! A lot of movies that don’t even fall into this category are now done in 3D also just because of how great it looks.

  37. Abel

    September 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Avatar was an OK movie, but I have not seen it more than two times. I really would like a number two soon. There is more to do with this story. 🙂 _ Abel C.

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