​Oscars 2015: Take our Best Visual Effects poll

Jason Clarke and Andy Serkis in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

20th Century Fox

Which of this year's candidates for the Best Visual Effects Academy Award do you think should take home the Oscar?

Go behind the scenes of the five Academy Award nominees by clicking on the embedded video players below; then, be sure to vote in our poll on which you think should win!

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Nominees: Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick

This Wired magazine video featurette (above) explores Industrial Light & Magic's 3-D computer animation for the crashing helicarrier.

ILM also released a reel (below) of just a tiny fraction of the film's nearly 900 FX shots, incorporating 3D CGI, digital environments, and green-screen stage photography.

This is Dan Sudick's seventh Oscar nomination; he'd previously been nominated for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "War of the Worlds," "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers and "Iron Man 3." Earl previously received visual effects nominations for "Transformers" and "Star Trek." Grill was nominated for "Hereafter." "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" marks DeLeeuw's first Oscar nomination.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"
Nominees: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist

This video feature from Weta Digital explains how the creation of digital simians in the "Apes" franchise has evolved since "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," from motion capture to rendering fur in rainy environments, to building a post-apocalyptic San Francisco.

This is the ninth Academy Award nomination for Letteri, who has won four Oscars (for the "Lord of the Rings" chapters "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King," "King Kong," and "Avatar"). Lemmon and Barrett were previously nominated for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." This is the first Academy Award nomination for Winquist.

"Guardians of the Galaxy"
Nominees: Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould

VFX house Method Studios produced this breakdown reel of shots, showing the compositing, green screen and animation work from the latest Marvel Comics adventure.

Aithadi was previously nominated for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (2010). This is the first Oscar nomination for Aithadi, Fawkner and Corbould.

For more nominees, and to take our poll, click to page 2.

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