No official award this year, but another tiny step towards making an official category as Albert Whitlock and Glen Robinson were given a Special Achievement award for The Hindenburg.
My Nominations: The Hindenburg. Barry Lyndon. Jaws. The Land That Time Forgot.
The Hindenburg obviously makes the list, though it does look fairly dated now, as you would expect. The Land That Time Forgot contains a variety of honed Harryhausen delights – again dated but I love the stop motion appeal. Jaws would be the most obvious winner here, with practical shark work as well as blood fountains and boat destruction. The pioneer though would be Barry Lyndon – you won’t notice that there are visual effects at work here, but the amount of technical progress to behind the scenes to make the film possible trumps anything else this year.
My Winner: The Land That Time Forgot
Lyndon is the real winner, but I love me some McClure and Harryhausen. Let us know in the comments which film you pick!