Aviator Storms Globes

While animated films were shut out at last night’s 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the visual effects teams that worked on Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator can draw satisfaction from the notion that their contributions helped the Howard Hughes biopic win Best Motion Picture (Drama). Star Leonardo DiCaprio also took home a Best Actor trophy for his work in the film.

The Aviator soared above Sony Pictures’ Closer, Miramax Films’ Finding Neverland, Lions Gate Films/MGM’s Hotel Rwanda, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Kinsey and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Million Dollar Baby. Contributing to the extensive effects work in The Aviator are Sony Pictures Imageworks, CaféFX, Digital Backlot, Pixel Playground, Digital Neural Access, Buzz Image Group, and New Deal Studios, all working under visual effects supervisor Robert Legato.

While his movie took the top prize, Scorsese saw Best Director handed to Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby. Also watching Clint’s acceptance speech were Mike Nichols (Closer), Marc Forster for Finding Neverland and Alexander Payne for Sideways.

In the category Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy), the Disney/Pixar blockbuster, The Incredibles, was up against a field of live-action contenders. The CG action/comedy lost out to Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Sideways, a relationship comedy set in the California wine country. The other nominees were Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind from Focus Features, Ray from Universal Pictures and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera from Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways lead the overall competition with seven total nominations, followed by The Aviator with six.

Shrek 2 and The Polar Express were also invited to the big show on merit of their soundtracks. Both were up for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture—Shrek 2 for “Accidentally In Love” (music and lyrics by Adam Duritz, Dan Vickery, David Immergluck, Matthew Malley and David Bryson) and The Polar Express for Believe (music and lyrics by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri). The Mick Jagger tune, “Old Habits Die Hard,” from Alfie ended up taking the award, trumping Webber’s “Learn To Be Lonely” from The Phantom Of The Opera and Wyclef Jean’s “Million Voices” from Hotel Rwanda.

To see the full list of Golden Globes 2005 winners, visit www.hfpa.org.