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EACH YEAR, WE ARE SO PLEASED TO SEE AUTODESK CUSTOMERS
HONORED AS ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEES.
While our customers are nominated in a wide range of categories, they are often included in:
Best Visual Effects, Best Animated Feature and Best Short Film (Animated).
​​​Learn more about the Awards Nominees below​
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A Morning Stroll

A Morning Stroll - Loosely inspired by a real life event recounted in Paul Auster's brilliant book 'True Tales of American Life', Grant Orchard's 'A Morning Stroll' tells the story of one New Yorker's early morning encounter with a chicken, an event that plays out over 100 years.
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Autodesk Softimage
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Read about 'A Morning Stroll':
See an interview with Director Grant Orchard:
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore:

Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, Morris Lessmore is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.“Morris Lessmore” is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
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Autodesk Maya
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Check out this article about the production
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 English-language thriller film directed by David Fincher, with screenplay adapted by Steven Zaillian from the Swedish-language novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson.The film stars Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and tells the story of a man's mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 40 years, and who may have been murdered.
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Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Softimage
OTHER CONTENT
See the FXGuide article
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE | BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | BEST FILM EDITING | BEST SOUND EDITING | BEST SOUND MIXING


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic/drama fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter's quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
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Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox
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Read the customer story: Moving mountains for Harry.

See the interview with Greg Butler, VFX Supervisor from The Moving Picture Company
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ART DIRECTION | BEST VISUAL EFFECTS | BEST MAKEUP


Hugo:

Hugo is a 2011 3D adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret about a boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop there. It is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan. It is a co-production of Graham King's GK Films and Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil. The film stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen.
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Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder
OTHER CONTENT
See our Hugo AREA page
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ART DIRECTION | BEST PICTURE | BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | BEST FILM EDITING | BEST VISUAL EFFECTS| BEST COSTUME DESIGN | BEST DIRECTING | BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) | BEST SOUND EDITING | BEST SOUND MIXING | BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

In Darkness

From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience. The film is also an extraordinary story of survival as these men, women and children all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger.
AUTODESK PRODUCTS USED
Autodesk Smoke, Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Lustre
CATEGORY OF NOMINATION
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda, in which Po and his friends battle to stop a would-be conqueror with a powerful new weapon and a disquieting link to the giant panda's past. The cast of the original film reprised their voice roles while the new villain, Lord Shen, is voiced by Gary Oldman. The film was released on May 26, 2011 in Real D 3D and Digital 3D. The film has received positive reviews, with many critics praising its animation, voice acting, and character development. It was also a commercial success surpassing the original film and, like the original film, is the highest grossing animated feature film of the year.
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Autodesk Maya
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Read the article by PCMagazine: DreamWorks: The Technology Behind Kung Fu Panda 2
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM


La Luna

La Luna is a Pixar computer-animated short film, directed and written by Enrico Casarosa. The short premiered on June 6, 2011, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France, and will get its theatrical release on June 22, 2012, attached to Pixar's Brave.
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Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox
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See interviews with the Director and Producer of La Luna

Check out a day in the production of La Luna
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)


Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots is a 2011 computer-animated adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller (who directed Shrek the Third in 2007), executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, and written by Brian Lynch, with screenplay by Tom Wheeler. It stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. The film was released in theaters on October 28, 2011 in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.
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Autodesk Maya
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See the FX Guide article: Puss in Boots: head in the clouds
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM


Rango:

Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated Western comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. In the film, a chameleon named Rango accidentally ends up in the town of Dirt, an outpost that is in desperate need of a new sheriff. It features the voices of actors Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant and Ned Beatty.
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See the Rango AREA page
Read the customer Story: Industrial Light & Magic: Rango
Watch the interview with Hal Hickel, Animation Director at ILM for Rango.
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM


Real Steel

Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based in part on the 1956 short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson, though screenwriter John Gatins placed the film in U.S. state fairs and other "old-fashioned" Americana settings. Real Steel was in development for several years before production began on June 11, 2010. Filming took place primarily in the U.S. state of Michigan. Animatronic robots were built for the film, and motion capture technology was used to depict the brawling of computer-generated robots and animatronics.
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Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder
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Read the CGSociety article: Production Focus

Real Steel: Behind the Scenes Featurette Watch the interview with Glenn Derry, Virtual Production Supervisor
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction drama film directed by Rupert Wyatt, starring James Franco and Andy Serkis. It is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, intended to act as a foundation with its own origin story for a new film series. Its premise is similar to the fourth film in the original series, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but it is not a direct remake in that it does not fit into that series' continuity. Following its release on August 5, 2011, the film became a critical and box office success.
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Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder
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Watch the Making of Rise of the Planet of the Apes
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American drama film with experimental elements written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and Jessica Chastain. Malick's film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth. After several years in development and missing 2009 and 2010 release dates, the film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. The film received widespread critical acclaim, but also polarizing responses to Malick's use of technical and artistic imagery, directorial style, and fragmented non-linear narrative.
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Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox
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Read the CGSociety feature
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST PICTURE | BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | BEST DIRECTING


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film based on the Transformers toy line. First released on June 23, 2011, it is the third installment of the live-action Transformers film series. Like its predecessors, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film's story is set three years after the events of the second film, with the Autobots, during their collaboration with the NEST (Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers) military force, discovering a hidden alien technology in possession of humans, which had been found by Apollo 11 on the Moon 42 years prior. However, the Decepticons unveil a plan to use the technology to enslave Humanity in order to save the home planet of the Transformers, Cybertron.
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AUTODESK PRODUCTS USED
Autodesk Maya
OTHER CONTENT
Read the customer story
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS | BEST SOUND EDITING | BEST SOUND MIXING


War Horse

War Horse is a 2011 war epic directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on both War Horse, a children's novel set before and during World War I, by British author Michael Morpurgo, first published in the United Kingdom in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation of the same name. The cast includes David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Marsan, Toby Kebbell and Peter Mullan. The film is produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, and executive produced by Frank Marshall and Revel Guest. Long-term Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kamiński, Michael Kahn, and John Williams all worked on the film.
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Read this article about the creation of Spielberg’s title character
CATEGORIES OF NOMINATION
BEST ART DIRECTION | BEST PICTURE | BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) | BEST SOUND EDITING | BEST SOUND MIXING


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