Directed by Terrence Malick
The Oscar nominations have just been announced this week. And one of the most pleasant (sort of) surprises were the nominations for The Tree of Life in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. I personally think it's one of the classiest, most amazing things the Academy has ever done and I've criticized and disagreed with many, many, many Oscar choices over the years. This is not really a "scene" per se but rather an excerpt from the controversial "creation of the universe" sequence. Many people have walked out of the film during this sequence. For me, it's a visually jaw-dropping sequence and very emotional as well. The visual effects here (which was very wrongly ignored in the Visual Effects category) was supervised by Douglas Trumbull who did the effects for 2001 and it was created largely old-school but very little, if any, CGI. I think it's still amazing that a divisive experimental art-house flick would get a huge mainstream recognition like this. Bravo to the Academy.