'Godzilla Minus One' Wins Academy Award for Best Visual Effects

And the Academy Award goes to… Godzilla Minus One!

For the first time in its 70-year history, the King of the Monsters is officially the star of an Academy Award-winning movie. Godzilla Minus One has received the 2024 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Academy Award recipients include Godzilla Minus One Director, Writer, and Visual Effects Supervisor, Takashi Yamazaki, Visual Effects Director Kiyoko Shibuya, 3D CG Director Masaki Takahashi, and Effects Artist & Compositor Tatsuji Nojima.


Godzilla Minus One Academy Award Winners Best Visual Effects


Godzilla Minus One is a critical and commercial success worldwide, earning nearly $107 million dollars worldwide to date to become both the highest grossing Japanese film in US Box Office History and the #3 top grossing Foreign Film in US Box Office History. The film is also one of the best-reviewed movies of 2023 with a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with more than 170 reviews. 

In more firsts for Toho's Godzilla franchise, Godzilla Minus One is the first Japanese film to ever be nominated for, and also win, the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Shibuya is the first woman of color to be nominated in the category, and also the first to win.

Godzilla Minus One opened in US theaters on December 1, 2023 nationwide following Early Access Fan Event Screenings on November 29 in participating premium large format theaters. The black and white version of Godzilla Minus One, Godzilla Minus One/Minus Color, released in theaters across North America on January 26, 2024 and ran for one week only, through February 2, 2024.

Watch the Academy Award presentation for Best Visual Effects below: