We are truly excited to announce that Blade Runner 2049 was honoured last night with the Oscar for ‘Visual Effects’ at the 90th Academy Awards in Los Angeles!


The film picked up the award at a glittering ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. DNEG was the lead Visual Effects partner on ‘Blade Runner 2049’, and has already brought home a BAFTA and a Visual Effects Society Award in the last few weeks for its visual effects work on the movie.

Led by VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert, DNEG’s Blade Runner team delivered most of the Los Angeles 2049 cityscapes, the Joi hologram effects and the seawall chase at the end of the movie. Paul accepted the award last night alongside Overall VFX Supervisor John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer and Richard R. Hoover. Overall, DNEG’s VFX team completed 316 shots for the film. Get a glimpse of our behind the screen work on Blade Runner 2049 here!

‘I’m rendered a bit speechless by all of this. I live, breathe and dream what I do, so to be honoured like this is just absolutely amazing,’ said DNEG VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert. ‘It’s been such a whirlwind of excitement throughout this entire awards season. Without question my team shares this award – and the goosebumps that haven’t quite yet disappeared! I’m wondering if I should even sleep tonight for fear I’ll wake up and this will all have been a dream. In reality, the dream was working with Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins. To learn everyday from true talents such as them is just priceless and unforgettable.’

This is DNEG’s fourth Oscar win – and we couldn’t be prouder! DNEG’s previous Academy Award wins were for Inception, Interstellar and Ex Machina.

Once more, a big congrats to our VFX Supervisor Paul Lambert and to all the brilliant minds behind the visual effects work on Blade Runner 2049.

Here’s what the press has to say:

‘[Blade Runner 2049] was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful films to have been made in recent years.’


‘The wizards behind Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 on Sunday night won the Oscar in visual effects, topping a field that included Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the Planet of the Apes.’


Watch the acceptance speech here: