Planet Of The Apes VFX Artist Says The Trilogy Deserved Oscars

One of the VFX artists who worked on the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy believes the movie should have won Oscars for its visual effects work. The original Planet of the Apes released in 1968 was a groundbreaking film that became one of the most iconic films in history. After a slew of sequels in the '70s and a failed remake in 2001 from director Tim Burton, the franchise found new life in 2011 with the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes from director Rupert Wyatt. This film rebooted the franchise with an origin story focused on the ape Caesar played by Andy Serkis.

The movie was a surprise critical and box office hit and 20th Century Fox followed it with two sequels, 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017's War for the Planet of the Apeswith Matt Reeves stepping into the director's chair. Both films also received rave reviews from critics and were successful at the box office. The films generated such positive buzz that many were hoping they would receive Academy Award nominations and wins not just for the amazing VFX work but also in the acting category for Andy Serkis and possibly Best Picture nominations.

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In a recent appearance on the YouTube series The Corridor Crew, WetaFX artist Sean Walker says he was shocked the films never won any Oscars. Walker worked on both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as lead lighting technical director. In the interview, he talks about how even after working on the films the visual effects work in the movies still impresses him. Read Walker's full quote below:

"I knew when we were working on it, it was something special. Rise was kind of that stepping stone, and then when we had Dawn, I just knew this is sort of pinnacle effects. I mean having worked on these, these shots still blow my mind. I think the assets were unbelievable to work with, the story and the lightning and the end result still blows my mind even when I come back to watching them years later. I was very disappointed that it didn't win the Oscars. I think all three of them were robbed. [Laughs]"

All three of the recent Planet of the Apes movies were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for their respective years but none took home the prize. Rise of the Planet of the Apes lost to Hugo, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was beat by Interestellar, and War for the Planet of the Apes lost the Oscar to Blade Runner 2049. Serkis never did receive an acting nomination for his performance as Caesar, either, and it appears there is still a large amount of controversy and discussion on if a motion-capture performance should be considered in the acting category.

While the Planet of the Apes movies never did win any Oscars, the legacy of the franchise lives on. 20th Century Studios, now a subsidiary of Disney, is set to continue the reboot series with a planned fourth film with The Maze Runner director Wes Ball signed on to direct. Many of the people involved with the franchise have moved on to bigger projects, with Serkis still getting high profile acting work as well as stepping into the director's chair with Venom: Let There Be Carnage. MeanwhileMatt Reeves's recent film The Batman has relaunched the Batman franchise and has multiple television spinoffs and a sequel in the works. The impact of the Planet of the Apes movies extends beyond any Oscar.

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Source: The Corridor Crew

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