Award won: Best Visual Effects
Everything about director Chris Weitz's The Golden Compass screams blockbuster: the lavish special effects, the A-list cast (including Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig), and the action sequences anchored by oversized CGI creations. It's just too bad that, when the movie opened in December 2007, nobody gave a damn about giant polar bears outside of those Coca-Cola commercials. Costing a whopping $180 million, The Golden Compass barely raked in $25 mil during its opening weekend, on its way to a dismal $70 mil total intake and a complete overhaul at New Line Cinema.
Admittedly, it's very deserving of that Best Visual Effects trophy, even if the movie itself is little more than a dull fantasy-adventure. Michael Bay's Transformers should've won that year.