Tuesday, Toy Story 3 earned three BAFTA nominations–animated feature, adapted screenplay, and special visual effects, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to the site, this is highly rare for an animated film and further shows how visual effects are being rethought in the film industry.
General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production Jim Morris stated that originally, special effects in animation were thought to be anything other than the characters. “Now in computer graphics, we have the same type of artists trying to accomplish the same sort of things as in live action – whether creating rain or snow or explosions. It is kind of the same disciplines. It’s a question of how well the VFX are supporting the story and style,” he said.
The scene that probably cinched the nom for Disney/Pixar is the incinerator scene. According to Morris, the intensity of the heat and flames from the incinerator reflect the dire situation Woody and the toys are in. Indeed, this scene is probably one of the most successful and surprisingly realistic scenes in the entire film, and that’s saying a lot, seeing as how all of the scenes in the film were very well rendered and highly crafted.
This particular nomination in special effects continues a trend for Disney; while BAFTA noms in special effects are rare, Disney has received quite a few nominations in this area for Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, and A Bug’s Life.