Monday, February 11, 2019

17th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards Winners

On February 5th the society had their awards ceremony and winners are below in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Visual effects category this year is kind of weird as by now we know BAFTA winner is Black Panther a film that has no nominations here nor at Oscars.  When checking winners here and the Oscar nominations there is a suggested front runner: Avengers: Infinity War with a runner up, Ready Player One. All of the above is confirmed when we consider that in six of the last ten years the winner of outstanding VFX in photo-real feature category went to win the VFX Oscar.  By-the-way it is the first time a Marvel movie wins top prize.

Believe best visual effects I have seen lately in a non-comic book-action-hero are the ones in Mortal Engines, then in the DC/Marvel world no doubt that Black Panther has the best effects.  Both films have NO Oscar nomination, so there is no chance that my favorites win (lol), sigh.

A couple of days ago the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 2019 edition of the awards that honor outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games plus the VFX supervisors and producers.

Nominees in 24 categories were selected by VES members via events hosted by 11 of our Sections, including Australia, Bay Area, Germany, 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.  We are seeing the best 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!”said Mike Chambers, VES Chair.

As previously announced the Visionary Award will be presented to Jonathan Nolan and the Award for Creative Excellence to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.  Patton Oswalt will once again host the awards ceremony.

Avengers Infinity Wars leads with six nominations.  Incredibles 2 is animated film top contender.

These are the nominees

Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Photoreal Feature)

Outstanding Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Welcome to Marwen

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects
12 Stong
Bird Box
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Outlaw King

Outstanding Animated Character
Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Christopher Robin, Tigger
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Indoraptor
Ready Player One; Art3mis

Outstanding Created Environment
Ant-Man and the Wasp; Journey to the Quantum Realm
Aquaman; Atlantis
Ready Player One; The Shining, Ovelook Hotel
Solo: A Star Wars Story; Vandor Planet

Oustanding Virtual Cinematography
Aquaman; Third Act Battle
Echo; Time Displacement
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Gyrosphere Escape
Ready Player One; New York Race
Welcome to Marwen; Town of Marwen

Outstanding Effects Simulations
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Avengers: Infinity War; Wakanda
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Outstanding Compositing
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
First Man
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Welcome to Marwen

Oustanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Avengers: Infinity War; Nidavellir Forge Megastructure
Incredibles 2; Underminer Vehicle
Mortal Engines; London
Ready Player One; De Lorean DMC-12
Solo: A Star Wars Story; Millennium Falcon

Animated Motion Pictures

Outstanding Visual Effects
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Animated Character
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; The Grinch
Incredibles 2; Helen Parr
Ralph Breaks the Internet; Ralphzilla
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales

Outstanding Created Enviroment
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Whoville
Incredibles 2; Parr House
Ralph Breaks the Internet; Social Media District
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City

Outstanding Effects Simulations
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Snow, Clouds and Smoke
Incredibles 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet; Virus, Infection & Destruction
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

To check nominees in all 24 categories go official site here.  The VES Awards ceremony will be held on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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