Following its success in both the BAFTAs and the VES Awards, London-based Double Negative's visual effects work on Inception has picked up the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Inception, being a film largely about dreams, relies heavily on visual effects to portray the imaginary worlds of the dreamers. Double Negative provided all the visual effects for the film, including the incredible Paris fold-over sequence, the exploding fortress and Limbo City.
Double Negative has become a leading player in visual effects production worldwide and has provided visual effects services to over 115 feature films. Paul Franklin, the visual effects supervisor on the film attended the ceremony in the Kodak Theatre to receive the Oscar, along with other members of the Double Negative team.
During his acceptance speech, Franklin said "well, it feels like that top is still spinning", reminding us of the inconclusive ending to one of the most talked about films of 2010, which won four Oscars at the ceremony last night.
After the ceremony, the CEO of Double Negative, Matt Holben, said, "We can't ask for more from our artists than the fantastic work they produce, but we're incredibly proud of the inception team for this outstanding achievement. Coming after the wins at the VES and BAFTA, this has made for a great start to the year and has really put Double Negative on the map!"
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 succeeded in winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, beating DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon, and Django's The Illusionist to the trophy. Lee Unkrich, who collected the award, was also nominated for the Adapted Screenplay award for Toy Story 3, but the award was won by The Social Network. Toy Story 3 also took away the Oscar for Music (Original Song).
The Oscar for Animated Short Film, went to Australian based Passion Pictures, for their 15 minute long animated drama The Lost Thing (below). This was Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann's first award and they were very grateful to the Academy for their win.
The success of Inception's Double Negative, along with the four awards taken home by The King's Speech including Best Feature, 2011's Oscars saw a triumphant night for the British film, visual effects and animation industries.