This year’s Oscars race has Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens competing for Best Visual Effects, but before a winner is named a new video is looking back at all the past winners in the category.
Burger Fiction’s latest supercut, titled Every Best Visual Effects Winner. Ever., traces the Best Visual Effects category’s history all the way back to its humble beginnings at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, which saw Wings’ Roy Pomeroy win the award under its inaugural title of “Best Engineering Effects.” Since then — from the flying horse in The Thief of Baghdad (1940) to Sandra Bullock grasping for George Clooney’s hand amid the stars in Gravity (2013) — it’s amazing to see just how far visual effects technology has evolved, all in the name of transporting audiences to the far reaches of the galaxy (1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) or the darkest depths of the ocean (1954’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).
Known as “Best Special Effects” from 1938 to 1962, the category continued under its current moniker in 1963. Iconic films like The War of the Worlds (1953), Mary Poppins (1964), E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988), The Matrix (1999), Jurassic Park (1993), and three Star Wars films have won the award throughout history.
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Previous Best Picture winners like Forrest Gump (1994), Titanic (1997), and Gladiator (2000) make appearances in the nine-minute video, though the supercut also drives home the fact that no Best Picture winner has won Best Visual Effects since 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Watch clips from all 78 visual effects champions in the video above, and tune in to the 88th Oscars this Sunday to see which of this year’s nominees will join the elite list of winners.