Posted Feb 10

‘1917’ wins Best Visual Effects at Oscars 2020

by Jane Bracher
‘1917’ wins Best Visual Effects at Oscars 2020 by Jane Bracher

Visual effects studio MPC Film’s work on 1917 was recognised at the 2020 Academy Awards with a win for Best Visual Effects on Sunday, 9 February.

The World War I drama directed by Sam Mendes was selected among other nominees that included Avengers: Endgame, The Irishman, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and The Lion King, which MPC Film also worked on.

The win comes just a week after 1917 also triumphed in the Special Visual Effects category of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards.

The film, which the Academy also recognised for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing, has been lauded by critics for its technical brilliance owing to the single-take treatment that serves the story of executing a tense mission in a race against time. Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy led the visual effects for the film.

1917 has had a successful awards season run with wins for Best Film and Outsanding British Film at the BAFTAs, Best Picture at the Golden Globes, and Best Director for Mendes in the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and the Critics' Choice Awards.

Meanwhile, Korean film Parasite made Oscars history with a resounding Best Picture win, becoming the first film not in the English language to cop the award. The film – directed by Bong Joon Ho, who also picked up the Best Director award – was likewise named Best International Feature Film.

See the full results of the Oscars 2020 here.

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