Best: Above and beyond special effects
Ever since ILM jumped on board "Iron Man" and "Avengers" Marvel Studios have made sure the visual effects have always been above par (well, maybe some shots in "Thor: The Dark World" excluded). Venturing into the well worn corners of cinematic space and Sci-Fi might have been a bump in the road for Marvel. Instead, not only did the production create beautifully rendered characters in Groot and Rocket Raccoon, but the final battle of Xandar and the Celestial head now a trading post known as Knowwhere were superb. Their work made sure "Guardians" epic canvas was legit and will provide inspiration for millions of young moviegoers for decades to come.
- Gregory Ellwood