guyetteThe 86th Academy Award nominees were announced in Los Angeles this morning, and Star Trek Into Darkness was among the honored films in this year’s rankings!

The team of Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton were named as nominees for best Visual Effects for their work in the twelfth Star Trek film.

Visual Effects Supervisor (and Second Unit Director) Roger Guyett and Burt Dalton were also nominated for their work on the 2009 Trek film, where they lost to the team behind the extravagant effects of Avatar.

While we know some of our readers didn’t care for the Into Darkness storyline (play nice in the comments, folks!), there’s no denying the impressive work that went into making the film look amazing in IMAX and on Blu-ray — from the visit to Kronos to the aerial battle through a futuristic San Francisco.


While the film surely faces some daunting competition at this year’s Academy Awards from Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, and The Lone Ranger, we wish the Into Darkness visual effects team all the best.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on March 2.


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  • SpaceCadet

    I enjoyed the film but once it was over it didn’t linger in my mind and I didn’t give it much thought. So in summary, fun but ultimately empty. Congratulations to the VFX team though. Their work was excellent. I really hope we get Trek to return in serial form in the near future whether on TV or streaming like Netflix.

  • Rory J

    Well Into Darkness (minus the terrible opening) was at least a far better film than the tragic 09 movie, and the special effects were top notch through and through. If the effects team won the award, it would certainly have been deserved.

    • Trekbilly

      Why was the opening terrible? I liked it.

      • James

        I liked it too, the red planet was a lovely homage to the brightly coloured planets from the original series. I know some fans took issue with the Enterprise being underwater, but there is precedent:

        1. In the Original Series episode ‘The Immunity Syndrome’, the Enterprise travels through ‘protoplasm’.
        2. In the film Insurrection, Starfleet Admiral hides a transport vessel underwater.
        3. Star Trek Voyager, the ship travels through fluidic space.

        Also, some fans complained that Spock was violating the Prime Directive by saving the population from the Volcano. I’d point out that in The Original Series, the crew saved the population of a planet from natural disaster (in this case an asteroid) in the episode ‘The Paradise Syndrome’.

        For me, Into Darkness was a surprisingly political for a summer
        blockbuster that saw Star Trek return to the allegorical story telling
        for which it is famous.

  • James

    A well deserved nomination, though I think the award will go to Gravity.

    Only six of the Trek films have ever been nominated for an Oscar – and all in the technical categories

    • SpaceCadet

      I agree about Gravity. That film’s VFX was stunning.

      I believe Trek has yet to actually pick up an Oscar.

      • Jason_Donner

        The reboot movie won for best makeup in 2010.

        • SpaceCadet

          Well that’s good!

    • James G.

      Does Best Original Score count? Because Star Trek TMP and IV were nominated. I don’t consider that “technical” like I would visual effects, editing or sound design. Oh, and if you ever wanted proof that nominations are based on reputation rather than merit, Rosenman’s nomination for ST4 is it.

      • SpaceCadet

        I believe “technical” encompasses all categories not relating to acting, directing, or writing, which are considered the “major” Oscar categories that get the most attention. I actually liked the ST IV score – it was different. However, I can’t recall all the competition that year, I was only 7, to say whether it was nomination-worthy. The TMP score is amazing and iconic though.

  • Chris915

    I certainly think the VFX were amazing, the more I watch the movie, the more I like it, but it’s still not the Trek I’d watch over and over again consecutively…

  • Matt Littledyke

    Excellent I loved the movie and it will be well deserved if they get it

  • James G.

    Great effects, I agree. Enterprise getting knocked out of warp was beautiful to watch and hear. But I think Gravity is going to sweep all of the technical awards.

  • pittrek

    Unfortunately the effects were the best part of the movie 🙂

  • Platitude

    The effects were really good, well earned nomination. Cumberbatch & Bruce Greenwood should both have been nominated for best supporting actor.

  • The special effects certainly were amazing, but to me, special effects are a frill; the heart of a movie is the script. When making the third reboot movie, try to earn the Oscar for screenwriting, and maybe things will go better. 🙂

  • mjdavid

    While it’s certainly more appealing to me than the 2009 film, I have to give them props they did a fantastic job on the visual effects of the movie. Congrats to the VFX team on their nod!

  • France’s Yozawitz

    ILove Star Trek into the Drakness.