After a long wait, ‘Godzilla Minus One’ brings the iconic monster series its first Academy Award nomination in the Visual Effects category.
The iconic Godzilla franchise, after seventy years, has finally made its mark on the Oscars with a nomination for ‘Godzilla Minus One.’ Celebrations erupted amongst the team behind the film when they learned of their nomination in the Best Visual Effects category at the prestigious Academy Awards.
Directed and penned by Takashi Yamazaki, this 37th installment of the celebrated Kaiju series is a historical narrative set in the 1940s post-World War II era Japan, introducing audiences to a fresh calamity in the shape of a colossal monster.
‘Godzilla Minus One,’ along with ‘The Creator,’ are recognized in the Best Visual Effects category, both productions notable for their modest budgets under $100 million. They are contending with high-budget films such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.’ ‘Napoleon’ also joins the list of nominees.
The animated features segment is heating up with ‘The Boy and Heron,’ which is expected to be in tight competition with ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.’ Esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose work previously won a Golden Globe, is also in contention with his latest creation. Miyazaki’s past Oscar victory was in 2003 with ‘Spirited Away.’ Other animated films in the running include ‘Elemental,’ ‘Nimona,’ and ‘Robot Dreams.’
Further acclaim is directed at ‘Perfect Days,’ directed by Wim Wenders, for securing an Oscar nomination in the Best International Feature Film category. The film’s lead, Koji Yakusho, was honored with the Best Actor award at Cannes Film Festival. ‘Perfect Days’ faces competition from films like ‘The Zone of Interest’ and ‘Io Capitano.’
Topping the Oscar nominations is Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer,’ which is contending in thirteen categories, including Best Picture. It faces formidable rivals in ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ the latter directed by Martin Scorsese. Despite numerous nominations for ‘Barbie,’ stars like Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig did not receive nominations in their respective categories. Similarly, Leonardo DiCaprio was notably absent from the Best Actor nominations for his role in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’
What is Godzilla Minus One budget?
Godzilla Minus One was made on a shoestring budget of just $15 million. It just took the services of 35 VFX artists for more than 600 VFX shots. The Oscar-nominated is not just the cheapest movie to be nominated in that category but also has the smallest team.