‘Ex Machina’ Upsets ‘Star Wars’ to Win Best Visual Effects at 2016 Oscars
Ex Machina provided the first real upset of the 2016 Oscars beating out heavy favorite Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Visual Effects. In addition to Star Wars, Ex Machina beat out fellow nominees Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Martian.
The win was remarkably in part because Ex Machina’s entire budget was $15 million, which probably was the craft services budget on The Force Awakens. You’d have to go back years and years and years to find a film that won the Best Visual Effects Oscar with such a low budget.
While some thought that Star Wars: The Force Awakens could be a late candidate for Best Picture at the Oscars, it wound up not making the cut. Despite that, the film earned a total of five nominations, the most for any Star Wars film since the original received 10 nominations in 1977, but that wasn’t enough to win in its most favored category.
To see a little bit of how Ex Machina was made, check out this behind the scenes video of the film’s special effects.