Original Star Wars: Special Effects
The original Star Wars was certainly groundbreaking when 20th Century Fox released the space opera on May 25, 1977. The high quality (for the time) special effects on display in Star Wars wowed audiences. Keep in mind, 2001: A Space Odyssey’s release five years prior was the science-fiction benchmark.
Star Wars blew it away, leading to the film earning four Academy Awards (among seven total awards) related to its art and effects.