Making elaborate images work has a good effect on Sony Pictures Imageworks' business. The company is the visual effects and computer-generated animation unit for Sony Pictures Entertainment's various movie studios. Sony Pictures Imageworks creates special effects mainly for Sony-produced motion pictures, but it also works for rival studios. It has worked on such movies as Watchmen, Hancock, and Spider-Man 3. The firm operates as part of Sony Digital Production, along with Sony Pictures Animation. Sony Pictures Imageworks has garnered several Academy Award nominations and brought home two statues. The unit was founded in 1992.