For the 14th year in a row, every Best Visual Effects Oscar nominee used NVIDIA technologies.
The 94th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 27, has five nominees in the running:
- free guy
- no time to die
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Spider-Man: No Coming Home
NVIDIA has been pushing the boundaries of computer graphics for decades, enabling innovative studios and their incredibly talented artists around the world to create award-winning visual effects in movies.
The latest technologies, powered by NVIDIA RTX, help artists push their creativity and craftsmanship to new levels of realism, bringing stunning visuals to the big screen.
Dystopian worlds come to life in an epic story
From flying spacecraft to giant sandworms, the gorgeous and futuristic visuals of Dunes were produced by Oscar-winning studio DNEG.
For the sci-fi film, DNEG contributed 28 sequences and nearly 1,200 visual effects (VFX) shots, with each elaborate element designed to bring director Denis Villeneuve’s vision to life. To accomplish this, the studio worked at multiple locations with remote artists using virtual workstations powered by NVIDIA RTX.
DNEG was the first studio to implement NVIDIA virtual GPU software at scale. Today, DNEG continues its pioneering efforts with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise as the studio looks to the future of connected collaborative workflows.
“Every show we get is different from the last, and NVIDIA RTX with vGPU allows us to scale memory and performance specs up or down to meet the needs of our artists,” said Daire Byrne, Global Systems Manager at DNEG.
Exhilarating visuals go above and beyond for Bond
DNEG earned a second Oscar nomination with the latest James Bond opus, no time to die. This is the first Bond film to receive a VFX Oscar nomination since 1979. moonraker.
To create the film’s action-packed scenes, explosions and massive environments, DNEG delivered over 500 VFX shots. His team used references and detailed scans to help design everything – from a glider and sinking ship, to island siege and thrilling car chases.
Exit virtual and parallel universes
Three-time Oscar-winning studio Digital Domain received two VFX nominations this year for free guy and Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
His team created nearly 350 VFX shots for free guyfor assets such as digital doubles of entire cities based on infographics. free guy is also one of the first feature films to use Digital Domain’s face-swapping tool, Charlatan.
Charlatan replaces a character’s face with a hand-created facial model, then combines it with the original performance using AI. This provides much more realistic results when working with digital doubles. Digital Domain also helped create the visuals for “Free City”, the game environment where the film takes place.
For Spider-Man: No Coming HomeDigital Domain has digitally recreated 2.5 square miles of New York City, one of the largest computer graphics environments the studio has ever built.
A dramatic battle sequence – which shows the web-slinging hero battling the villainous Doc Ock and his mechanical arms – takes place on a bridge, with visuals and infographics that include various people, vehicles and weather conditions.
Digital Domain also used a digital double for Doc Ock, a character actor Alfred Molina first portrayed 18 years ago in film. Spiderman 2.
Wonderful characters go head-to-head on the big screen
Another of Disney’s most recent Marvel moviesShang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, featured magical visuals from creative studio Weta Digital.
Weta worked on 300 VFX shots and sequences which included an epic dragon battle, realistic water simulations, and the magic rings themselves. One of Weta’s challenges was to create jaw-dropping sequences with the Grand Protector, a wingless dragon, and the Dweller-in-Darkness, a creature comprised of 128 million polygons.
Weta created custom rigs to deliver performances that emphasized each creature’s massive scale and weight. The team also developed a new AI system to assist facial performance on the digital double of Shang-Chi’s father and main antagonist, Xu Wenwu.
Discover more visual effects and virtual productions at GTC
While only one team will accept the award for best visual effects, millions of artists are creating stunning visuals and cinematics with NVIDIA RTX technology. Learn more about NVIDIA GTC, which runs from March 21-24.
Registration for GTC is free. Sign up to learn how award-winning industry studios including DNEG, HBO, and ILMxLAB are using NVIDIA RTX to unlock new storytelling possibilities.
Image courtesy of DNEG.