January 20, 2015
Weta Digital, the VFX team behind the movie’s special effects, did massive—and massively striking—battle sequences for the film and it was startling to not see the movie nominated, especially since the previous two Hobbit films had gotten nods in the same category.
I believe that Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was a clear ommision from the Oscar nominations. Hell, my girlfriend still says it’s going to win despite the lack of it’s nomination. I would still stick by my prediction of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes winning the Oscar for visual effects but that doesn’t take away how visually stunning the Hobbit was.
The positive is that Weta Digital did both the Hobbit and Apes so hopefully they will still be going home with an Oscar.
Wired’s video on how they were able to create those massive scenes is worth the three and a half minutes.