The 2013 Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, and The Avengers got a nod for Best Visual Effects. The effects were created by Industrial Light and Magic, and the company has just released two videos that show the behind-the-scenes work that lead to the awesome visuals in the movie. The first video is basically a highlight reel of the CGI effects that earned an Oscar nomination- and yes, there's lots of Hulk in there. An ILM spokesmen had this to say about the reel -
"This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team."
ILM also released a video that explains how they made that key scene in which the heroes fight off the alien invaders in New York City. I know I'm a total geek for saying this, but this is really fascinating stuff. I can't believe the amount of meticulous work that went into creating a virtual Big Apple for Iron Man to fly around in. What was your favorite visual effects scene in The Avengers?