THE INCREDIBLY SPECIAL EFFECTS AWARDS
At POPULAR MECHANICS we host our own Oscars
We get sucked into movies for the plot or the acting but what keeps us enthralled are the effects. Everything around the actors has to be perfect – to feel real, or at least realistic – or we stop thinking we’re in their world and remember we’re just in a movie theatre. That’s why, for the last four years, we’ve celebrated the people responsible for the camerawork, the stunts, the model building, the makeup, the sets, the explosions, and the insane drone-captured footage that makes us love going to the movies. Our awards are just like the Oscars, only there are no musical performances or commercials, and you can get through them in under ten minutes. Over the next seven pages you can read the stories behind the most innovative features of 13 great movies, including our first-ever pick for movie of the year, Blade Runner 2049 (pictured).