With the 87th Academy Awards scheduled for February 22nd, the nominations have been announced for the Oscar in Visual Effects.

Below are the nominees with some clips of the visual effects that got them there.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier:  Captain America: The Winter Soldier-Staging the Helicarrier Crash-Design FX-WIRED

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - WETA

Guardians of the Galaxy: 

X-Men: Days of Future Past: MPC X-Men: Days of Future Past VFX breakdown

Interstellar: Interstellar Movie - For Your Consideration

We’re wishing the best of luck to all of the nominees.

Convoluted Rube Goldberg machines are a great way to achieve menial tasks using elaborate methods. They’ve featured prominently in advertising and promotion for years, and this expertly crafted spot for Ireland’s National Lottery is a contemporary example of what you can create with string, dominos, old toys and and some lights. Hah! Sounds so simple. Take a look at the “Making Of” for a peek at how much hard work went into creating so much whimsy.

Making Of:
 Behind the Scenes of the National Lottery

The Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was recorded in eight different cities, in various legendary studios across the US. The HBO series was conceived by Grohl as a way to document the journey and further explore the creativity of music, especially within a unique recording context. The opener promises viewers a uniquely American rock story about hard working people living their lives in their concrete and steel jungles. The juxtapositions are particularly notable, especially near the end with the horizontal pan that resolves to the logo.

This slick HUD work can be seen in a live-action web series spin-off from the immensely successful first person shooter game. It’s not the first live-action spin-off for Halo, but it’s the most expensive and it’s got Ridley Scott as Executive Producer.