Alias|Wavefront is the forerunner in this yearis Academy Awards race, in the category of "best visual effects". Alias|Wavefrontis Maya animation program was used on all three films nominated in the category. The category "best animated feature" was also dominated by the Maya app as two of the three nominated films used Maya as the animation software. According to Alias|Wavefront:
Alias|Wavefront(tm), an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, announced that its Maya(r) 3D animation software was used in all three of the films representing an Oscar(r) nomination in the category "best-visual effects". The films distinguished by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are: AI: Artificial Intelligence, Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Pearl Harbor.
In addition to providing the computer graphics technology behind all the films nominated in the "best visual effectsi category, Alias|Wavefrontis Maya was used to help produce the eye-catching computer animation in two of the three films nominated in the new Oscar category "best animated feature." The films nominated in this category that made use of Maya are: Monsters, Inc. and Shrek.
You can find more information about Maya at the Alias|Wavefront Web site. Maya Complete is available starting at US$7,500.