Oscars 2015: 'Interstellar' Wins Best Visual Effects

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Paul Franklin

Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz presented the award.

Interstellar took home the Academy Award for best special effects on Sunday night.

The film beat out Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy to take home the Oscar.

Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz presented the award to Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher for their work on Christopher Nolan's space odyssey. At last year's awards show, Gravity took home the honor. 

This is the second Oscar for VFX supervisor Paul Franklin of lead VFX house Double Negative, which also led the Oscar winning VFX on Nolan's Inception.

This past year, London-headquartered Double Negative was merged into India-founded Prime Focus. Contributing models and miniatures to the film, which did as much in camera as it could, was L.A.'s New Deal Studios.

There's been a lot of attention on the VFX category the past two years, since Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy just days before its work on Life of Pi won the Oscar in VFX. The incident prompted the VFX community to hold Oscar Sunday rallies in 2013 and 2014 to raise awareness of the broken VFX business model.

Last month, the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians, was dissolved, ceasig a planned effort to lobby the government to help end the subsidary race that it argued had created an "uneven playing field" in the VFX industry.

Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards, which is being broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

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