As 20 of our 29 Experts predicted, “Interstellar” won Best Visual Effects at the Oscars on Sunday night. Christopher Nolan‘s science-fiction epic has previously won at the BAFTA Awards, but lost the top prize at the Visual Effects Society to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
This is the second Nolan film to win Best Visual Effects, following “Inception” in 2010, and it marks the first time in seven years that the Visual Effects Oscar didn’t go to a Best Picture-nominated film. In fact, none of this year’s nominees were up for the academy’s top prize.
The film was the 1/3 favorite with 20 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was in second place after prevailing at the VES Awards. It had 9/2 odds and the support of eight Experts: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Dave Karger (Fandango), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
“Guardians of the Galaxy” was in third place with 20/1 odds and was picked by one Expert: Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood).