So, this is pretty cool. It helps a lot that Empire is ace, and as the darkest of the films this Nolan-style trailer works well.
A monkey is outfitted with a cane and a mask and measured. The simian was also briefly considered for walking shots of Minch-Yoda that would have been impossible to execute with a puppet.
The Evil Dead in clay for Empire’s Done in 60 Seconds.
Of the shortlisted entries I think this, There Will Be Blood, Roger Rabbit and animated Predator are probably my favourites, though I also quite like this District 9 that didn’t make the shortlist: