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February 03, 2005

And the Bafta might go to...

I've just been voting online for the final round of the Baftas. It's been a fun process, although I suspect I've taken it far more seriously than most. However there's one nomination I feel I absolutely *have* to rail against.

Why on *earth* is The Aviator nominated for best special effects?

There is what could be a truly stunning scene - the one I suspect everyone has in their minds - of Howard Hughes filming 'Hells Angels' with all those planes flying through the clouds, as close as you like, with 26 cameras mixed in among them. There are a couple of places where you can spot the CGI and the matting, but it's really rather good.

Except for one minor point.

It's mocking up, using modern techniques, something that Howard Hughes did *for real* in the 20s. They used computers and models to replicate all this stuff, when it had already been done in the medium not once, but (as the film is so keen to point out) twice before.

The Brian Coat award for Health and Safety? The Deloitte Touche award for costcutting and budget scrupulousness? Perhaps.

The award for special effects? I don't think so.

Posted by Tom Dolan at February 3, 2005 02:02 PM

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