This Amazing Video Shows How "Best Visual Effects" Winners In Oscar History Have Evolved Over Time

February 26, 2016

When looking at the history of film, one of the most immediately obvious achievements is the incredible evolution of special effects throughout the decades. Honoring visual effects in movies has been a part of the annual Oscars ceremony since the very first telecast in 1929 — it was called "Best Engineering Effects" back then and went to the movie "Wings." Now called "Best Visual Effects," the category has honored some of the most culturally important and technologically advanced movies of all time — ranging from classics like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" to modern blockbusters like "Gravity" and "Interstellar."


The Best Visual Effects Oscar will go to 1 of these 5 deserving films this year: "Ex Machina," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant" or "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." To prep yourself for the Oscars this Sunday, Burger Fiction has debuted an incredible new supercut that revisits every film in the history of the Oscars that's walked away victorious in the Best Visual Effects category (the category was called “Best Special Effects” from 1938 to 1962). It's a truly enjoyable trip through cinematic history that reminds you just how many amazing movies have walked away with Oscar gold — "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," "The Matrix," "Mary Poppins," "Jurassic Park" and three "Star Wars" movies among them. It's also interesting to note that no Best Picture winner has won the Best Visual Effects award since "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" did so in 2003. Will that record be broken this year? You'll have to tune in on Sunday night to see if either "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian" or "The Revenant" can do just that. 


Revisit the amazing films in the video below. The Academy Awards air this Sunday, Feb. 28th on ABC.