NVIDIA Quadro Powers Oscar-Winning Films Rango and Hugo

The 84th Academy Awards celebrated a great year for animation and visual effects. This year, NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions powered many of the nominees and the winners in both categories.

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Longtime NVIDIA customer Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) won the Oscar for its animated feature film Rango, directed by Gore Verbinski. ILM used a proprietary GPU-accelerated fire and dust tool called Plume to create the fire and dust that permeates the worlds of Rango. ILM uses NVIDIA Quadro GPUs across all of their artists’ workstations.

“Whenever you’re approaching a film of this scale you need to make your production pipeline operate as efficiently as possible — especially when it comes to character animation work,” said Tim Alexander, VFX supervisor for Rango. “By using NVIDIA Quadro processors and building GPU-accelerated processes into our workflow, we saved a huge amount of rendering time.”

Pixomondo’s Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning were also awarded with statuettes for their magical visual effects contributions to Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. This 3D movie is homage both to early filmmaking and to visual effects pioneer Georges Meliés. NVIDIA Quadro pro graphics are an essential component of Pixomondo’s visual effects pipeline.

While Hugo was the winner, all of this year’s nominees produced great visual effects work. Every film nominated over the past three years for best visual effects was made using NVIDIA technology.