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"The Birds" (1963)
Best Special Effects
The final film from Hitchcock's portfolio to receive recognition from the Academy is largely considered his last truly enduring work: "The Birds" (the making of which is recounted in HBO's "The Girl"). And, fittingly enough, its sole nomination represented a watershed year for visual effects recognition. This would be the last time the category was known as Best Special Effects and the first year it would only recognize the work of visual effects artists. Prior to 1963, the category also included sound effects recognition, and from 1964 to 1971 (after which it would take a six-year "special achievement" break) it would be known as Best Special Visual Effects. "The Birds" ultimately lost the award, however, to Joseph L. Mankiewicz's epic "Cleopatra." The comedy "Tom Jones" won four Oscars, including Best Picture.