Awards won: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects
Avatar's existence isn't a bad thing. Thanks to the ambitious special effects work of James Cameron and all of his wonderfully geeky cohorts, it's proof that CGI and 3D aren't sounding a death-knell for lovers of cinema. When handled by true masters of the technologies, these devices can make for immersive worlds. They don't have to be cheap gags or scares.
If only Cameron had spent as much mental energy on Avatar's script as he did on the visuals. Whereas he dedicated many years to the computer graphics, Cameron could've simply re-watched Dances with Wolves while looking at photos of rain-forests before cranking out Avatar's simplistic, unoriginal storyline.