This video, put together by indie filmmaker Nelson Carvajal, is a compilation of every single film that's won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects since the category was created in 1977 — making it a tour through 36 years of some of Hollywood's greatest eye candy.
The Academy Awards have recognized achievement in special effects on and off in various ways since the first awards were handed out in 1929, but the first Best Visual Effects award went to Star Wars, which beat out Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Other highlights of the clip include the "facehugger" from 1979's Alien, the live-action and cartoon mash-up of 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the incredibly lifelike CGI tiger from 2012's Life of Pi.
The video ends with teases from each of this year's nominees, making it a great primer for anyone with an Oscar ballot to fill out. The 2013 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 2.