2018/2019 Key Dates
2018 Film Critics Awards News: Today, January 18, Winners from NationalAFC and GeorgiaFCA.

Friday, February 16, 2018

16th Annual VES Awards Winners


Last Tuesday February 13 the Visual Effects Society held the awards ceremony that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Patton Oswalt sever as host for the 7th to the guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate talent in 24 awards categories.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau.  Academy-Award winning producer Jon Landau presented the Georges Méliès Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects master Joe Letteri.

The well-deserved film categories big winners of the night, War for the Planet of the Apes and Coco collected each four awards.

Wish VES top winner goes to win category Oscar as film absolutely deserves recognition for how much is changing visual effects in film; but, wonder if the Academy will recognize it as most pundits predict front-runner is Blade Runner 2049 which has fantastic visual effects BUT in my book is time to Planet of the Apes to win.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go press release at official site here.

---///---
17/1/18
Yesterday the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 2018 edition of the awards that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games plus the VFX supervisors.

Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 10 of its Sections, including Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, VES Chair.  “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways.  The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!

The Visual Effects Society Student Award recognizes the stellar work of emerging VFX artists worldwide, and we're proud to sponsor the award again. Each year, the submissions grow more impressive, and we’re excited to collaborate with the VES to recognize, applaud and celebrate this year’s talented nominees,"said Amy Bunszel, Autodesk Senior Vice President, Design & Creation Products.

As previously announced, the Georges Méliès Award will be presented to Academy Award winning visual effects master Joe Letteri. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to acclaimed producer-writer-director Jon Favreau. Award-winning actor-comedian-author Patton Oswalt will once again host the  Awards ceremony.

Not surprisingly Blade Runner 2049 and War of the Planet of the Apes lead with the most feature film nominations with seven (7) each; call it not surprisingly as believe this year there are not many films with "wow" visual effects.

These are the nominees for feature films

Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Photoreal Feature)

Outstanding Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
*War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects
Darkest Hour
Downsizing
*Dunkirk
Mother!
Only the Brave

Outstanding Animated Character
Rachel in Blade Runner 2049
Kong in Kong: Skull Island
Bad Ape in War for the Planet of the Apes
*Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Created Environment
*Los Angeles in Blade Runner 2049
Trash Mesa in Blade Runner 2049
Vegas in Blade Runner 2049
Hidden Fortress in War for the Planet of the Apes
Prison Camp in War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography
Be Our Guest in Beauty and the Beast
*Groot Dance/Opening Fight in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Crait Surface Battle in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valkyrie's Flashback in Thor: Ragnarok

Outstanding Effects Simulations
Kong: Skull Island
Fire and Smoke in Only the Brave
Bombing Run in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mega Destroyer Destruction in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
*War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Compositing
LAPD Approach and Joy Holograms in Blade Runner 2049
Kong: Skull Island
Bridge Battle in Thor: Ragnarok
*War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
*LAPD Headquarters in Blade Runner 2049
Dru's Car in Despicable Me 3
The ISS in Life
Anthem; Monument in US Marines

Animated Motion Pictures

Outstanding Visual Effects
Captain Underpants
Cars 3
*Coco
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Outstanding Animated Character
*Hector in Coco
Bratt in Despicable Me 3
Garma Mecha Man in The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Boss Baby in The Boss Baby
Garmadon in The LEGO Ningajo Movie

Outstanding Created Environment
Abandoned Racetrack in Cars 3
*City of the Dead in Coco
Hollywood Destruction in Despicable Me 3
Ninjago City in The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Outstanding Effects Simulations
Cars 3
*Coco
Despicable Me 3
Ferdinand
The Boss Baby

To check nominees in all categories go official site here.  The VES Awards will be held on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

No comments yet