Oscars 2015: Interstellar and Disney's Big Hero 6 and Feast pick up VFX and Animation awards

Interstellar was acclaimed for its beautiful and scientically accurate VFX, including of a wormhole in space.

This year's Oscar winners have been announced, including those in categories Digital Arts readers care about most: visual effects, animated feature film, animated short film and film editing.

Interstellar picked up with 2015 VFX Oscar. The sci-fi epic's visual effects were created under VFX supervisor Paul Franklin of London-based Double Negative. Watch our interview with Paul and 2014 winner Framestore's Tim Webber (for Gravity) about the future of VFX.

Disney won both animated film categories. Big Hero 6 - which has visual look drawn from both Japanese anime and American CG - took the feature film gong. The short Feast was shown before Big Hero 6 in cinemas and also uses a mixture of forms - appearing to be in the flat style of Disney's traditional cel animatio, but with a 3D underpinning. Feast took the animated short Oscar.

Tom Cross picked up the best film editing Oscar for Whiplash.

Birdman, about an aging movie star on the search for credibility, took the Best Film Oscar, and Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel also won four gongs for Original Music Score, Makeup, Costume Design and Production Design.

Oscars 2015: VFX and animation nominees

The five nominated films for the VFX Oscar were Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The key VFX houses for each were Double Negative (Interstellar), Framestore (Guardians of the Galaxy), ILM (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Method Studios (Guardians of the Galaxy), MPC (Guardians of the Galaxy) and X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Scanline (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), WETA Digital (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier VFX breakdown

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes VFX breakdown

Guardians of the Galaxy VFX breadown

X-Men: Days of Future Past VFX breakdown

This shortlist was created from a longlist announced back in December, from which Godzilla, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Maleficent, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Transformers: Age of Extinction didn't make the grane.

Best animated film Oscar nominations

Up for the best animated feature film gong were eventual winner Big Hero 6 (above), The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Disney's Big Hero 6 only came out in the UK on January 30, the Irish independent film Song of the Sea had a limited release in the UK last autumn and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's – hasn't been released in the UK yet despite a US dubbed version featuring voice acting by Kick Ass' Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan and Lucy Liu having been released last year. So we've posted the trailers below.

Best animated short film Oscar nominations

The nominees for best animated short film were Feast - which won last night - The Bigger Picture, The Dam Keeper, Me and My Moulton, and A Single Life.

The Bigger Picture is a 'life-size animated short' by British director and writer Daisy Jacobs. You can watch the trailer and a making-of film below.

The Dam Keeper is a short film by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. It 'tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything'. Watch the trailer below.

Feast is a short by Walt Disney Animation Studios that's shown before Big Hero 6. You can watch a trailer for it below.

Me and My Mouton is by animator Torill Kove, who won the Best Animated Short Film category in 2006 for The Danish Poet. You can watch the whole film below.

A Single Life is by the super-taleted Job, Joris and Marieke – creators of the wonderfully horrific Mute. Watch the trailer below.

American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and Whiplash were nominated for editing.

Update 19/1/15: Scanline added as one of the primary VFX houses to work on Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as ILM.

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