Covers Academy Award-nominated special effects movies from 1929 through 1984. Exhaustive, never-before-published production and cast credits; and release dates, shooting locations, running times, photographic processes, sound systems.
The history of the special effects award is presented, along with the problems or triumphs of each film.
All scientific, technical, and special achievement awards are for the first time fully detailed, winners and also-rans. Coverage includes, just for example, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gone with the Wind, E.T., Close Encounters, and King Kong. Lists all nominations.