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.
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road
2014 The Boxtrolls
2012 Cloud Atlas
2011 Real Steel
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
2007 The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
2004 The Polar Express
2002 Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2000 The Patriot
1999 The Matrix
1998 Small Soldiers
1997 Jurassic Park: The Lost World
1996 Independence Day