Movies are an escape from the harsh reality of the world we live in. Some, however, are better than others at creating the fantasy we long to travel to when we’re sitting in theatres or in the comfort of our homes.
To get you ready for Sunday’s 84th Annual Oscars, we’re bringing you our favorite nominees from the Art Direction and Visual Effects categories. Click through our slideshow above to see the nominees from our favorite categories and why these films are Oscar-worthy.
The Artist brought back the simple days of silent films. Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould helped this picture get nominated for Art Direction with their production design and set decoration.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 scored nominations in both Art Direction and Visual Effects. Thanks to Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson, Harry Potter is in great standing to win an Oscar in either category.
Another film nominated for both Art Direction and Visual effects is Hugo. Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo could become Oscar winners as well as Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning.
Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris took moviegoers through a trip in art history, so it's no wonder that Anne Seibel's production design and Hélène Dubreuil's set decoration got the nomination for Art Direction.
War Horse is a heartbreaking story and may just crush the hearts of Rick Carter and Lee Sandales if they don't win the Oscar for Art Direction.
One of the most visual movies in the industry, it's no surprise that Transformers: Rise of the Dark Moon earned its visuals team -- made up of Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier -- an Oscar nom for Visual Effects.
A movie with visuals similar to Transformers, Real Steel's visuals team -- Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg -- are now in competition in the same category.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes will forever be cemented in the legendary film trilogy. But the film wouldn't be nominated for Visual Effects without Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett.