A joyous clip of an ecstatic Godzilla minus one The visual effects team recently went viral, with the moment on January 23 when it was announced that their film had earned an Oscar VFX nomination – something that must have seemed improbable, if not impossible, when the small team of 35 people tackled the film from Toho Studios. this was made with an estimated budget of between $9 million and $15 million.
The announcement was made around 10:30 p.m. in Tokyo, where most of the team and Toho representatives were gathered around a television at their VFX studio, Shirogumi. When their title was revealed, they jumped out of their seats and cheered. Streamers were flying around the room. The camera capturing the moment could barely stay steady. They celebrated with sushi, beer and sake – and after losing track of time, many staff members missed the last train of the night. “We ended up drinking until morning, and then the Japanese TV news picked up the news. Godzilla was nominated,” said the film’s writer-director, Takashi Yamazaki, speaking to THR with the help of a translator.
Yamazaki was also a visual effects supervisor, and as such, he is an Academy Award nominee (the last time the Academy recognized a director for visual effects was when Stanley Kubrick received an Oscar for 1968). 2001: A Space Odyssey). Yamazaki is nominated alongside longtime collaborator Kiyoko Shibuya, who was a visual effects supervisor and producer and is only the fifth woman nominated in the category (only two women, Suzanne M. Benson for Aliens in 1987 and Sara Bennett for Ex Machina in 2016, won). CG director Masaki Takahashi, a senior member of the company, and Tatsuji Nojima, a 25-year-old effects artist and composer, also earned nominations.
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