2020 VES Awards

The Lion King, Baby Yoda, and Ridley Scott’s “Seven Worlds” ad for Hennessy X.O cognac all brought home hardware as genre ruled the roost at the Visual Effects Society’s 2020 VES Awards ceremony on January 29.

Along with The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things won two trophies apiece for short-form work.

As previously announced, Martin Scorsese received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. The VES Visionary Award was given to Roland Emmerich, and the VES Award for Creative Excellence was presented to VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

THE LION KING
Robert Legato
Tom Peitzman
Adam Valdez
Andrew R. Jones

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

THE IRISHMAN
Pablo Helman
Mitch Ferm
Jill Brooks
Leandro Estebecorena
Jeff Brink

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

MISSING LINK
Brad Schiff
Travis KnightSteve Emerson
Benoit Dubuc

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

THE MANDALORIAN; The Child
Richard Bluff
Abbigail Keller
Jason Porter
Hayden Jones
Roy Cancinon

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

CHERNOBYL; 1:23:45
Max Dennison
Lindsay McFarlane
Clare Cheetham
Paul Jones
Claudius Christian Rauch

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

CONTROL
Janne Pulkkinen
Elmeri Raitanen
Matti Hämäläinen
James Tottman

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

HENNESSEY; The Seven Worlds
Carsten Keller
Selcuk Ergen
Kiril Mirkov
William Laban

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

STAR WARS: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
Jason Bayever
Patrick Kearney
Carol Norton
Bill George

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL; Alita
Michael Cozens
Mark Haenga
Olivier Lesaint
Dejan Momcilovic

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

MISSING LINK; Susan
Rachelle Lambden
Brenda Baumgarten
Morgan Hay
Benoit Dubuc

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

STRANGER THINGS 3; Tom/Bruce Monster
Joseph Dubé-Arsenault
Antoine Barthod
Frederick Gagnon
Xavier Lafarge

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

CYBERPUNK 2077; Dex
Jonas Ekman
Jonas Skoog
Marek Madej
Grzegorz Chojnacki

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

THE LION KING; The Pridelands
Marco Rolandi
Luca Bonatti
Jules Bodenstein
Filippo Preti

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

TOY STORY 4; Antiques Mall
Hosuk Chang
Andrew Finley
Alison Leaf
Philip Shoebottom

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

GAME OF THRONES; The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza
Carlos Patrick DeLeon
Alonso Bocanegra Martinez
Marcela Silva
Benjamin Ross

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project

THE LION KING
Robert Legato
Caleb Deschanel
Ben Grossmann
AJ Sciutto

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

THE MANDALORIAN; The Sin; The Razorcrest
Doug Chiang
Jay Machado
John Goodson
Landis Fields IV

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Don Wong
Thibault Gauriau
Goncalo Cababca
Francois-Maxence Desplanques

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

FROZEN 2
Erin V. Ramos
Scott Townsend
Thomas Wickes
Rattanin Sirinaruemarn

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

STRANGER THINGS 3; Melting Tom/Bruce
Nathan Arbuckle
Christian Gaumond
James Dong
Aleksandr Starkov

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature

THE IRISHMAN
Nelson Sepulveda
Vincent Papaix
Benjamin O’Brien
Christopher Doerhoff

Outstanding Compositing in an Episode

GAME OF THRONES; The Long Night; Dragon Ground Battle
Mark Richardson
Darren Christie
Nathan Abbott
Owen Longstaff

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial

HENNESSEY; The Seven Worlds
Rod Norman
Guillaume Weiss
Alexander Kulikov
Alessandro Granella

Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project

THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE AGE OF RESISTANCE; She Knows All the Secrets
Sean Mathiesen
Jon Savage
Toby Froud
Phil Harvey

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

THE BEAUTY
Marc Angele
Aleksandra Todorovic
Pascal Schelbli
Noel Winzen

2020 VES Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society released the nominations for the 2020 VES Awards on January 7.

The Lion King, Alita: Battle Angel, and Toy Story 4 lead all movie nominees with five apiece. The Mandalorian and the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones lead the TV field with six nominations each.

Three of the The Mandalorian’s nominations were for the character of “The Child,” better known to fans of the show as Baby Yoda, or for the episode that bears his name.

CATS received zero nominations.

As previously announced, Martin Scorsese will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. The VES Visionary Award will be given to Roland Emmerich, and the VES Award for Creative Excellence will be presented to VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal.

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony January 29 at the Beverly Hilton.

The nominees in the 25 categories of the 18th Annual VES Awards follow the jump.

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2019 VES Awards Winners

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the winnersof the 17th Annual VES Awards on February 5. The awards recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring about this work.

As previously announced, the VES Visionary Award was presented to writer-director-producer Jonathan Nolan.  The VES Award for Creative Excellence was presented to creators-executive producers-writers-directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War

  • Dan DeLeeuw
  • Jen Underdahl
  • Kelly Port
  • Matt Aitken
  • Dan Sudick

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

First Man

  • Paul Lambert
  • Kevin Elam
  • Tristan Myles
  • Ian Hunter
  • JD Schwalm

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Joshua Beveridge
  • Christian Hejnal
  • Danny Dimian
  • Bret St. Clair

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space; Danger, Will Robinson

  • Jabbar Raisani
  • Terron Pratt
  • Niklas Jacobson
  • Joao Sita

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan; Pilot

  • Erik Henry
  • Matt Robken
  • Bobo Skipper
  • Deak Ferrand
  • Pau Costa

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Age of Sail

  • John Kahrs
  • Kevin Dart
  • Cassidy Curtis
  • Theresa Latzko

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano

  • Kamen Markov
  • Philip Whalley
  • Anthony Bloor
  • Andy Steele

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Childish Gambino’s Pharos

  • Keith Miller
  • Alejandro Crawford
  • Thelvin Cabezas
  • Jeremy Thompson

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos

  • Jan Philip Cramer
  • Darren Hendler
  • Paul Story
  • Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

Christopher Robin; Tigger

  • Arslan Elver
  • Kayn Garcia
  • Laurent Laban
  • Mariano Mendiburu

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Indoraptor

  • Jance Rubinchik
  • Ted Lister
  • Yannick Gillain
  • Keith Ribbons

Ready Player One; Art3mis

  • David Shirk
  • Brian Cantwell
  • Jung-Seung Hong
  • Kim Ooi

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales

  • Marcos Kang
  • Chad Belteau
  • Humberto Rosa
  • Julie Bernier Gosselin

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space; Humanoid

  • Chad Shattuck
  • Paul Zeke
  • Julia Flanagan
  • Andrew McCartney

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

Volkswagen; Born Confident; Bam

  • David Bryan
  • Chris Welsby
  • Fabian Frank
  • Chloe Dawe

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel

  • Mert Yamak
  • Stanley Wong
  • Joana Garrido
  • Daniel-Stefan Gagiu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City

  • Terry Park
  • Bret St. Clair
  • Kimberly Liptrap
  • Dave Morehead

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space; Pilot; Impact Area

  • Philip Engström
  • Kenny Vähäkari
  • Jason Martin
  • Martin Bergquist

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Ready Player One; New York Race

  • Daniele Bigi
  • Edmund Kolloen
  • Mathieu Vig
  • Jean-Baptiste Noyau

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Mortal Engines; London

  • Matthew Sandoval
  • James Ogle
  • Nick Keller
  • Sam Tack

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan

  • Gerardo Aguilera
  • Ashraf Ghoniem
  • Vasilis Pazionis
  • Hartwell Durfor

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • Ian Farnsworth
  • Pav Grochola
  • Simon Corbaux
  • Brian D. Casper

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Altered Carbon

  • Philipp Kratzer
  • Daniel Fernandez
  • Xavier Lestourneaud
  • Andrea Rosa

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan

  • Sabine Laimer
  • Tim Walker
  • Tobias Wiesner
  • Massimo Pasquetti

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue

  • David Wahlberg
  • Douglas Roshamn
  • Sofie Ljunggren
  • Fredrik Lönn

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Apple; Welcome Home

  • Michael Ralla
  • Steve Drew
  • Alejandro Villabon
  • Peter Timberlake

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Terra Nova

  • Thomas Battistetti
  • Mélanie Geley
  • Mickael Le Mezo
  • Guillaume Hoarau

2019 VES Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 17th Annual VES Awards on January 15. The awards recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring about this work.

Avengers: Infinity War topped the feature film categories with six nomination. Incredibles 2 is the top animated film contender with five nominations. Lost in Space leads the broadcast field with six nominations.

As previously announced, the VES Visionary Award will be presented to acclaimed writer-director-producer Jonathan Nolan.  The VES Award for Creative Excellence will be presented to award-winning creators-executive producers-writers-directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. 

The nominees in the 24 categories of the 17th Annual VES Awards follow the jump.

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2018 VES Awards Winners

The Visual Effects Society presented the 16th Annual VES Awards. on February 13.

The VES Awards recognize “outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.”

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri
Ryan Stafford
Daniel Barrett
Dan Lemmon
Joel Whist

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson
Mike Chambers
Andrew Lockley
Alison Wortman
Scott Fisher

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Coco
Lee Unkrich
Darla K. Anderson
David Ryu
Michael K. O’Brien

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Joe Bauer
Steve Kullback
Chris Baird
David Ramos
Sam Conway

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Black Sails; XXIX
Erik Henry
Terron Pratt
Yafei Wu
David Wahlberg
Paul Dimmer

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Assassin’s Creed Origins
Raphael Lacoste
Patrick Limoges
Jean-Sebastien Guay
Ulrich Haar

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Diarmid Harrison-Murray
Tomek Zietkiewicz
Amir Bazazi
Martino Madeddu

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham
Amy Jupiter
David Lester
Thrain Shadbolt

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar
Dennis Yoo
Ludovic Chailloleau
Douglas McHale
Tim Forbes

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Coco; Hèctor
Emron Grover
Jonathan Hoffman
Michael Honsel
Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack
Murray Stevenson
Jason Snyman
Jenn Taylor
Florian Friedmann

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
David Bryan
Maximilian Mallmann
Tim Van Hussen
Brendan Fagan

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin
Rhys Salcombe
Seungjin Woo
Francesco Dell’Anna

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Coco; City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson
Jamie Hecker
Jonathan Pytko
Dave Strick

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Daniel Villalba
Antonio Lado
José Luis Barreiro
Isaac de la Pompa

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight
James Baker
Steven Lo
Alvise Avati
Robert Stipp

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke
Steven Saunders
Joaquin Loyzaga
Chris Menges

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes
David Caeiro Cebrián
Johnathan Nixon
Chet Leavai
Gary Boyle

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Coco
Kristopher Campbell
Stephen Gustafson
Dave Hale
Keith Klohn

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Thomas Hullin
Dominik Kirouac
Sylvain Nouveau
Nathan Arbuckle

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Salzmann
Robin Hollander
Ben Warner
Beck Veitch

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier
Thijs Noij
Edwin Holdsworth
Giacomo Matteucci

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Michael Gregory
Andrew Roberts
Gustavo Bellon
Rashabh Ramesh Butani

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Hybrids
Florian Brauch
Romain Thirion
Matthieu Pujol
Kim Tailhades

Also, the VES Georges Méliès Award was presented to Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri, and the VES Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.

2018 VES Awards Nominees

The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for the 16th Annual VES Awards.

The VES Awards recognize “outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.”

Blade Runner 2049 and War For The Planet of the Apes received the most feature film nominations with seven each. Despicable Me 3 is the top animated film contender with five nominations and Game of Thrones leads the broadcast field with 11.

The winners will be announced February 13. Also, the VES Georges Méliès Award will be presented to Academy Award®-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.

The nominees for the 16th Annual VES Awards in 24 categories follow the jump.

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15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards

The 15th Annual VES Awards were presented by the Visual Effects Society on February  7.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, despite leading the film field with seven nominations, was shut out. On the other hand, HBO’s Game of Thrones dominated the TV categories with five wins out of 11 nominations.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

  • Kubo and the Two Strings   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

  • Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book; King Louie           

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

  • Finding Dory; Hank  

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Drogon           

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

  • Doctor Strange; New York City       

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

  • Moana; Motonui Island      

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

  • Uncharted 4               

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book; Nature Effects    

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

  • Moana           

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

  • Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

  • The Jungle Book

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

  • Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure          

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Deepwater Horizon; Deepwater Horizon Rig        

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

  • Breaking Point          

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

  • The Jungle Book       

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

  • John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

  • Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell  

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

  • Deepwater Horizon

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

  • Black Sails; XX