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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

14th Annual VES Awards Winners

Last night the Visual Effects Society had their award ceremony with funny man, Patton Oswald hosting. 23 awards categories were recognized and not surprisingly top award winner is Star Wars: The Force Awakens with four awards followed by The Revenant with 3.

As we know both films have an Oscar nomination, so we can safely assume that Oscar's Best Visual Effects has a race between the last installment of Star Wars and The Revenant.

To read press release with list of winners in all categories go official site here.  Winners are in *BLUE.

The Visual Effects Society announces the nominees for the current edition of the awards that honor outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games as well as VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life.

Nominees were selected by VES members via events hosted by its nine sections - Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver.

There is no surprise when we find Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading the film nominations with seven (7) -but perhaps the surprise is that the leader is NOT a film but a TV show, Game of Thrones with nine (9) noms.

We already know the 10 films shortlisted for an Oscar nomination and in this group only appear in the Visual Effects category Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian. Then from the Supporting Visual Effects we find The Walk and The Revenant. So, we can wonder -until next Thursday- if those five films could get an Oscar nod in VFX. Somehow imagine that the infamous Bear will make The Revenant to get a nomination, lol.

The VES Awards ceremony will be held on February 2nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Photoreal Feature)

Outstanding Visual Effects
Furious 7
San Andreas
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects
In The Heart of The Sea
Bridge of Spies
The Walk
*The Revenant

Outstanding Created Environment
The Walk, World Trade Center
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Falcon Chase/Graveyard
Ant-Man, The Microverse
Jurassic World, Jungle Chase
Tomorowland, Tomorrowland Center

Outstanding Animated Performance
Star Wars: The Force Awkens, Maz
*The Revenant, The Bear
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk
Chappie, Chappie

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography
Ant-Man, Macro Action
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Underwater Torus Chamber
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Falcon Chase/Graveyard
TheWalk, Towers Walk

Outstanding Compositing
San Andreas, Los Angeles Destruction
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mad Max: Fury Road
*The Revenant, Bear Attack

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
*Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulkbuster
Everest, Mt. Everest
Jurrasic World, Indominus Rex

Outstanding Effects Simulations
*Mad Max: Fury Road, Toxic Storm
Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk vs Hulkbuster
San Andreas, Hoover Dam/San Francisco Tsunami
San Andreas, Los Angeles Destruction
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Starkiller Base

Animated Motion Picture

Outstanding Visual Effects
The Peanuts Movie
Inside Out
Hotel Transylvania 2
*The Good Dinosaur

Outstanding Animated Performance
The Peanuts Movie, Snoopy
The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown
*Inside Out, Joy
The Good Dinosaur, Spot

Outstanding Created Environment
*The Good Dinosaur, The Farm
Inside Out, Imagination Land
The Peanuts Movie, Charlie Brown's Neighborhood
Shaun the Sheep Movie, Under the Arches

Outstanding Effects Simulations
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
*The Good Dinosaur

To read nominees in TV and other media go official site here. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to director and producer Sir Ridley Scott and the Visionary Award goes to visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead.

Some of the nominations made me recall the scenes and my memory worked so good that clearly recall the great ones but can't help to wonder why awful San Andreas has so many nominations as one of the things I really disliked were the visual effects, sigh.

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