Thursday, the visual effects of the year’s most successful film were nominated for an Academy Award. That film, of course, is The Avengers and the Industrial Light & Magic YouTube has now uploaded a sizzle reel of exactly why the film was given such an honor. It’s a five-minute look at the work that went into made the Hulk look real, that made us believe New York was being destroyed, that a aircraft carrier could fly, and that Mark Ruffalo could ever be considered anything but a good guy. Check it out below.

Thanks to the ILM YouTube for this embed. I posted a link to this in Thursday’s Superhero Bits but now we’ve got it in full.

Here’s the YouTube description:

We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM’s Oscar nominated effects work for the 2012 hit film, “Marvel’s The Avengers”. This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team.

The stop motion animations which open and close the reel were done the old fashioned way – by hand, one frame at a time. They were crafted by ILM’s stop motion guru, Erik Dillinger specifically for this reel.

Up against The Avengers for Best Visual Effects are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus. Tough competition to be sure. Do you think The Avengers will take the gold?

Also – don’t forget the video ILM put up about the long take from the finale of the film.

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