While ‘Pacific Rim’ isn’t getting the recognition that it deserves for excellence in the field of visual effects at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, another fanboy favorite has gotten the nod from the collective of Oscar distributors. Along with ‘Gravity’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′ competes in the category of Best Visual Effects at the 86th Academy Awards this year. Just like the other two films in Tony Stark’s cinematic trilogy, as well as ‘The Avengers’, the third solo adventure for the Armored Avenger has received an Oscar nomination and it’s pretty easy to see why. Now, we get a little peek behind the curtain to see just how Marvel was able to pull it all off. There were a number of show-stopping scenes in the first film of Marvel’s Phase Two. From the barrel of monkeys rescue to the suit switching final battle, ‘Iron Man 3’ consisted of many memorable moments involving state of the art visual effects. But the one that set the tone for the whole movie was the Mandarin’s attack on Stark’s Malibu home. ScanlineVFX recently released a video breaking down the many techniques and layers utilized to bring that mansion crashing down to the sea below. Take a look at the video to see just how much went into the creation of this sequence that proves that Marvel deserves the recognition from everyone from the Academy to the Visual Effects Society:

What did you think of this shot breakdown from ‘Iron Man 3’? Do you think that Marvel Studios will go home with the statue after the Academy Awards on March 2nd? Let’s hear your opinions in the comment section.