BAM Award Winners: Best Visual Effects

So here is the eye candy award. As always there are a few things to note: first, among my favorite winners are the back-to-back tandem of Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Small Soldiers simply because I like to award combined efforts whenever possible. Combined efforts meaning many techniques were used to create the effects of a film like robotics, prosthetic, models in tandem with CGI. Had I known how some effects were achieved for Inception it may have swayed my 2010 vote, having said that I was glad it won the Oscar. Second, one curious thing to note is that you have at times here streaks like 20th Century Fox is on a run as a studio and the Narnia series is 3-for-3 as they always up the ante in combining their work with real elements.

Lastly, I must’ve learned something about how certain shots in The Patriot were achieved in 2000 that influenced my vote but I honestly cannot recall what but as I have stated before I am not revisiting these awards merely posting them for posterity. I, of course, could never have predicted my fatigue of disaster films in 1996 or how much more unsavory that White House shot in Independence Day would grow over the years.

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the winners as much as I have.

2020 Color Out of Space

2019 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

2018 Annihilation

2017 Bladerunner 2049

2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


2015 Mad Max: Fury Road


2014 The Boxtrolls

Boxtrolls (2014, Laika)

2013 Gravity

Gravity (2013, Warner Bros.)

2012 Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas (2012, Warner Bros.)

2011 Real Steel

2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

2009 Avatar

2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

2007 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005, Disney)

2004 The Polar Express

2003 Peter Pan

Peter Pan (2003, Universal)

2002 Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

2001 Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001, DreamWorks)

2000 The Patriot

The Patriot (2000, Columbia)

1999 The Matrix

The Matrix (1999, Warner Bros.)

1998 Small Soldiers

Small Soldiers (1998, Universal/DreamWorks)

1997 Jurassic Park: The Lost World

1996 Independence Day

Independence Day (1996, 20th Century Fox)