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Oscars 2019 Winners: 5 Things The Academy Got Wrong (& 5 They Got Right)

What They Got Wrong...

5. First Man Beats Infinity War For VFX

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First Man is an exceptionally good film, which deserved far more recognition than it received, both in terms of nominations - it should've been in the Best Picture race, as well as Editing, Cinematography, and Score - and wins on the night. But the award for achievement in Visual Effects? Not so much.

That's not to say First Man's CGI isn't impressive: there's a lot of subtle, in-camera VFX that helps make the film and its space sequences look great. But Infinity War deserved to take the top prize here.

The CGI across the whole movie was great, with some superb VFX-led action scenes, such as the fight on Titan. That puts it in the mix anyway, but it's the creation of Thanos - becoming not only a huge alien creature, but one imbued with so much personality and a range of emotions - that is up there with the very best of what we've seen in the comic book realm. The Oscars voters don't like superhero movies in this category, but this year - when they finally embraced such movies elsewhere - was the one to change it.

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