The nominees for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and without surprise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated for Best Visual Effects.
Earning a total of 5 nominations, the most recent installment in the Star Wars blockbuster saga has already earned $1.7 billion at the box office since its release December 18 and is currently ranked third-largest grossing movie in history, right behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic. So far, analysts believe current projections show it will make between $2.1 to $2.3 billion dollars in revenue, which would include $900 million in the United States only.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing adventure,” said Pierre Raymond, President and Head of Operations at Hybride. “We are honored for the confidence ILM has shown us and feel extremely privileged to have played a part in the creation of one of the biggest movies of the decade, which once again allowed us to put forward our creative team’s talent and production team’s efficiency.”
“For most artists, working on this film has been a dream come true”, added Raymond. “We couldn’t be more proud of the VFX work we did for The Force Awakens and we’d like to thank our fantastic crew for their dedication and vision.”
The relationship between Hybride and ILM began back in 2013 while working on Pacific Rim. Since then, the studio has also collaborated on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Unbroken, Tomorrowland Jurassic World, and has recently completed VFX work on Warcraft, which is scheduled for release June 10, 2016. “It’s always great to collaborate with the people at Industrial Light & Magic and it’s a privilege to work with them on such prestigious projects", said Raymond.
The winners will be announced during the 88th Annual Academy Awards that will take place on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.