‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top Visual Effects Awards

“War for the Planet of the Apes” was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. The film won four awards, including a victory in the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars VFX race, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.

In that category, “Planet of the Apes” was nominated alongside the same four films it will go up against at the Oscars: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The Matt Reeves feature also won for the best character in a photoreal feature (Caesar, the ape played by Andy Serkis), as well as effects simulation and compositing.

Also Read: How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Took Monkey Business to a New Level

Pixar’s animated film “Coco” also won four awards, sweeping the animation categories. “Blade Runner 2049” won two awards, while “Dunkirk” won one.

In the television categories, “Game of Thrones” dominated with five awards to one for “Black Sails.”

Other awards went to “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” “Avatar: Flight of Passage” and the Samsung “Do What You Can’t” and “Ostrich” commercials, which won in all three of the ad categories.

In its first 15 years, the VES honored the film that would go on to win the VFX Oscar 10 times. But two of the times in which the awards differed came with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” both of which won the VES Award but lost the Oscar. (“Hugo” and “Interstellar” won those years.)

Also Read: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’: You’ll Go Ape S– Over This Motion-Capture Morph Scene (Video)

Weta Digital’s senior digital effects supervisor, Joe Letteri, who headed the team of VFX artists who won for “Planet of the Apes,” was also given the VES’ highest honor, the George Méliès Award, at the ceremony. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award went to director Jon Favreau.

Patton Oswalt hosted the awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The VES Awards winners:

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

Also Read: ‘Coco’ Takes Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

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

Also Read: Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Has to Wait Until 2019 – HBO Boss Casey Bloys Explains

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 Morgan, Ben Warner

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

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“War for the Planet of the Apes” was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. The film won four awards, including a victory in the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars VFX race, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.

In that category, “Planet of the Apes” was nominated alongside the same four films it will go up against at the Oscars: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The Matt Reeves feature also won for the best character in a photoreal feature (Caesar, the ape played by Andy Serkis), as well as effects simulation and compositing.

Pixar’s animated film “Coco” also won four awards, sweeping the animation categories. “Blade Runner 2049” won two awards, while “Dunkirk” won one.

In the television categories, “Game of Thrones” dominated with five awards to one for “Black Sails.”

Other awards went to “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” “Avatar: Flight of Passage” and the Samsung “Do What You Can’t” and “Ostrich” commercials, which won in all three of the ad categories.

In its first 15 years, the VES honored the film that would go on to win the VFX Oscar 10 times. But two of the times in which the awards differed came with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” both of which won the VES Award but lost the Oscar. (“Hugo” and “Interstellar” won those years.)

Weta Digital’s senior digital effects supervisor, Joe Letteri, who headed the team of VFX artists who won for “Planet of the Apes,” was also given the VES’ highest honor, the George Méliès Award, at the ceremony. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award went to director Jon Favreau.

Patton Oswalt hosted the awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The VES Awards winners:

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 Morgan, Ben Warner

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

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VES Awards Live Blog & Winners List

The 16th annual VES Awards are being handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline is live-blogging the ceremony and updating winners as they are announced. Trophies will be awarded in 24 categories that recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Patton Oswalt is your host for a seventh time.
Blade Runner 2049, the long-germinating sequel to the 1982 cult classic, and War for the Planet…

The 16th annual VES Awards are being handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Deadline is live-blogging the ceremony and updating winners as they are announced. Trophies will be awarded in 24 categories that recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Patton Oswalt is your host for a seventh time. Blade Runner 2049, the long-germinating sequel to the 1982 cult classic, and War for the Planet…

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

With 7 VES awards nominations each, it’s a sci-fi battle royale for the 16th annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton on February 13.

The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th VES Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the VES supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

“Blade Runner 2049”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature Visual Effects with Pixar’s “Cars 3,” DreamWorks’ “Captain Underpants,” and both “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” from Warner Bros.

“Blade Runner 2049” also collected noms for the stunning Rachael character, three environments (Los Angeles, Trash Mesa, Vegas) modeling (LAPD Headquarters),and compositing (LAPD Approach and Joy Holograms).

“Apes” earned additional noms for the remarkable Caesar and Bad Ape characters, two environments (Hidden Fortress, Prison Camp), effects simulations, and compositing.

(L to R) Dru (STEVE CARELL) and Gru (STEVE CARELL) in "Despicable Me 3." Illumination, who brought moviegoers "Despicable Me" and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, "Despicable Me 2" and "Minions," continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions as one former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad.

“Despicable Me 3”

Photo Credit: Illumination and U

In looking ahead, it’s not only a toss-up between Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’ “Apes” for the top VES prize but also for the VFX Oscar. “Apes” previously earned VES awards for “Rise” and “Dawn,” but, with Andy Serkis making his third and final performance-captured appearance as Caesar, there’s the sentimental advantage.

With “Blade Runner 2049,” though, there’s the legacy factor. Whichever way it goes, historically, the VES winner has taken 10 out of 15 Oscars, including last year’s “The Jungle Book.”

Meanwhile, Weta Digital’s senior supervisor Joe Letteri (the four-time Oscar winner and mastermind behind the “Apes” franchise) will be presented with the VES Georges Méliès Award and Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”) will take home the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

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‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations

“Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall.

“Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category.

“Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3” led all animated films in noms with five.

Also Read: How ‘Planet of the Apes’ Took Monkey Business to a New Level

Four of the films that are on the Oscars 10-film shortlist in the VFX category – “Alien: Covenant,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – did not receive VES nominations.

The VES Awards will take place on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

The nominations:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
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 in a Photoreal Feature
Darkest Hour
Downsizing
Dunkirk
Mother!
Only the Brave

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Captain Underpants
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Also Read: 4 Reasons Why ‘Coco’ Became Another Pixar Hit

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Orientation Part 1
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Legion; Chapter 1
Star Trek: Discovery; The Vulcan Hello
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Fear The Walking Dead; Sleigh Ride
Mr. Robot; eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00
Outlander; Eye of the Storm
Taboo; Pilot
Vikings; On the Eve

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Fortnite; A Hard Day’s Night
Sonaria
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Kia Niro; Hero’s Journey
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Monster; Opportunity Roars
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Corona; Paraiso Secreto
Guardians of the Galaxy; Mission: BREAKOUT!
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Nemo and Friends SeaRider
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Also Read: ‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ VR Experience Lets Fans Fight Back Against the Dark Side (Video)

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Rachael
Kong: Skull Island; Kong
War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Despicable Me 3; Bratt
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garma Mecha Man
The Boss Baby; Boss Baby
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garmadon

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Black Mirror: Metalhead
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Zombie Polar Bear
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch; Drogon Meets Jon
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2; Zhou Yuzhu
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Netto; The Easter Surprise; Bunny
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

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

Also Read: 15 ‘Blade Runner’ Callbacks in ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (Photos)

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

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins; City of Memphis
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Still Star-Crossed; City
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

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

Also Read: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Just Became the Highest-Grossing PG Film of All Time

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

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

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Ferdinand
The Boss Baby

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Heineken; The Trailblazers
Outlander; Eye of the Storm; Stormy Seas

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

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Star Trek: Discovery

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Destiny 2; New Legends Will Rise
Nespresso; Comin’ Home
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Virgin Media; Delivering Awesome

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Creature Pinup
Hybrids
Les Pionniers de l’Univers
The Endless

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“Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall.

“Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category.

“Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3” led all animated films in noms with five.

Four of the films that are on the Oscars 10-film shortlist in the VFX category – “Alien: Covenant,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – did not receive VES nominations.

The VES Awards will take place on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

The nominations:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
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 in a Photoreal Feature
Darkest Hour
Downsizing
Dunkirk
Mother!
Only the Brave

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Captain Underpants
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Orientation Part 1
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Legion; Chapter 1
Star Trek: Discovery; The Vulcan Hello
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Fear The Walking Dead; Sleigh Ride
Mr. Robot; eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00
Outlander; Eye of the Storm
Taboo; Pilot
Vikings; On the Eve

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Fortnite; A Hard Day’s Night
Sonaria
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Kia Niro; Hero’s Journey
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Monster; Opportunity Roars
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Corona; Paraiso Secreto
Guardians of the Galaxy; Mission: BREAKOUT!
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Nemo and Friends SeaRider
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Rachael
Kong: Skull Island; Kong
War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Despicable Me 3; Bratt
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garma Mecha Man
The Boss Baby; Boss Baby
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garmadon

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Black Mirror: Metalhead
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Zombie Polar Bear
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch; Drogon Meets Jon
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2; Zhou Yuzhu
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Netto; The Easter Surprise; Bunny
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

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

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

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins; City of Memphis
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Still Star-Crossed; City
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

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

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

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

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Ferdinand
The Boss Baby

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Heineken; The Trailblazers
Outlander; Eye of the Storm; Stormy Seas

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

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Star Trek: Discovery

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Destiny 2; New Legends Will Rise
Nespresso; Comin’ Home
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Virgin Media; Delivering Awesome

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Creature Pinup
Hybrids
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VES Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Are Top Film Contenders

The two action adventures each scored a lucky seven nods from the Visual Effects Society.

Announcing the nominees for their 16th annual VES Awards, the Visual Effects Society brought welcome news for Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” and Matt Reeves’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” each up for seven statuettes. “Despicable Me 3” is the most-nominated animated film of the year (5), while the most-honored title overall is “Game of Thrones” (11).

The 21-year-old organization consists of 3,400-plus members in 35 nations. Each year, it recognizes visual effects innovators in film, animation, television, commercials, and video games.

In 2017, Disney’s “The Jungle Book” remake claimed five VES trophies, more than any other feature (nominations leader “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was shutout). It’s director-producer, Jon Favreau, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Weta Digital director and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri will accept the Georges Méliès Award, named for the late French illusionist and filmmaker. Letteri is also a nominee this year for his work on “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

Returning host Patton Oswalt will preside over the ceremony’s 24 categories at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, February 13. Read the full list of nominees below.

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Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

“Blade Runner 2049” (John Nelson, Karen Murphy Mundell, Paul Lambert, Richard Hoover, and Gerd Nefzer)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (Christopher Townsend, Damien Carr, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick)

“Kong: Skull Island” (Jeff White, Tom Peitzman, Stephen Rosenbaum, Scott Benza, and Michael Meinardus)

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Ben Morris, Tim Keene, Eddie Pasquarello, Daniel Seddon, and Chris Corbould)

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist)

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

“Darkest Hour” (Stephane Naze, Warwick Hewitt, Guillaume Terrien, and Benjamin Magana)

“Downsizing” (James E. Price, Susan MacLeod, Lindy De Quattro, and Stéphane Nazé)

“Dunkirk” (Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, and Scott Fisher)

“Mother!” (Dan Schrecker, Colleen Bachman, Ben Snow, Wayne Billheimer, and Peter Chesney)

“Only the Brave” (Eric Barba, Dione Wood, Matthew Lane, Georg Kaltenbrunner, and Michael Meinardus)

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

“Captain Underpants” (David Soren, Mark Swift, Mirielle Soria, and David Dulac)

“Cars 3” (Brian Fee, Kevin Reher, Michael Fong, and Jon Reisch)

“Coco” (Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, and Michael K. O’Brien)

“Despicable Me 3” (Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri, Kyle Balda, and Eric Guillon)

“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Rob Coleman, Amber Naismith, Grant Freckelton, and Damien Gray)

“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” (Gregory Jowle, Fiona Chilton, Miles Green, and Kim Taylor)

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Orientation Part 1” (Mark Kolpack, Sabrina Arnold, David Rey, Kevin Yuille, and Gary D’Amico)

“Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall” (Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, and Sam Conway)

“Legion; Chapter 1” (John Ross, Eddie Bonin, Sebastien Bergeron, Lionel Lim, and Paul Benjamin)

“Star Trek: Discovery; The Vulcan Hello” (Jason Michael Zimmerman, Aleksandra Kochoska, Ante Dekovic, and Mahmoud Rahnama)

“Stranger Things 2; The Gate” (Paul Graff, Christina Graff, Seth Hill, Joel Sevilla, and Caius the Man)

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

“Black Sails; XXIX” (Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, and Paul Dimmer)

“Fear The Walking Dead; Sleigh Ride” (Peter Crosman, Denise Gayle, Philip Nussbaumer, Martin Pelletier, and Frank Ludica)

“Mr. Robot; eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00” (Ariel Altman, Lauren Montuori, John Miller, and Luciano DiGeronimo)

“Outlander; Eye of the Storm” (Richard Briscoe, Elicia Bessette, Aladino Debert, Filip Orrby, and Doug Hardy)

“Taboo; Pilot” (Henry Badgett, Tracy McCreary, Nic Birmingham, Simon Rowe, and Colin Gorry)

“Vikings; On the Eve” (Dominic Remane, Mike Borrett, Ovidiu Cinazan, Paul Wishart, and Paul Byrne)

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” (Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-Sebastien Guay, and Ulrich Haar)

“Call of Duty: WWII” (Joe Salud, Atsushi Seo, Danny Chan, and Jeremy Kendall)

“Fortnite; A Hard Day’s Night” (Michael Clausen, Gavin Moran, Brian Brecht, and Andrew Harris)

“Sonaria” (Scot Stafford, Camille Cellucci, Kevin Dart, and Theresa Latzko)

“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” (Shaun Escayg, Tate Mosesian, and Eben Cook)

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

“Beyond Good and Evil 2” (Leon Berelle, Maxime Luère, Dominique Boidin, and Remi Kozyra)

“Kia Niro; Hero’s Journey” (Robert Sethi, Anastasia von Rahl, Tom Graham, Chris Knight, and Dave Peterson)

“Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle” (Simon French, Josh King, Alexia Paterson, and Leonardo Costa)

“Monster; Opportunity Roars” (Ruben Vandebroek, Clairellen Wallin, Kevin Ives, and Kyle Cody)

“Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich” (Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, and Martino Madeddu)

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

“Avatar: Flight of Passage” (Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, and Thrain Shadbolt)

“Corona; Paraiso Secreto” (Adam Grint, Jarrad Vladich, Roberto Costas Fernández, Ed Thomas, and Felipe Linares)

“Guardians of the Galaxy; Mission: BREAKOUT!” (Jason Bayever, Amy Jupiter, Mike Bain, and Alexander Thomas)

“National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey” (Thilo Ewers, John Owens, Gioele Cresce, and Mariusz Wesierski)

“Nemo and Friends SeaRider” (Anthony Apodaca, Kathy Janus, Brandon Benepe, Nick Lucas, and Rick Rothschild)

“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire” (Ben Snow, Judah Graham, Ian Bowie, Curtis Hickman, and David Layne)

 

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

“Blade Runner 2049; Rachael” (Axel Akkeson, Stefano Carta, Wesley Chandler, and Ian Cooke-Grimes)

“Kong: Skull Island; Kong” (Jakub Pistecky, Chris Havreberg, Karin Cooper, and Kris Costa)

“War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape” (Eteuati Tema, Aidan Martin, Florian Fernandez, and Mathias Larserud)

“War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar” (Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale, and Tim Forbes)

Four-Time Oscar Winner Joe Letteri To Receive VES’ George Méliès Award

Joe Leterri, who has won four Visual Effects Oscars for two The Lord Of The Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar, will be given the Visual Effects Society’s VES Georges Méliès Award, bestowed for “pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” The annual award will be handed out February 13 at the 16th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
Leterri, currently…

Joe Leterri, who has won four Visual Effects Oscars for two The Lord Of The Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar, will be given the Visual Effects Society’s VES Georges Méliès Award, bestowed for “pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” The annual award will be handed out February 13 at the 16th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Leterri, currently…

‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Big at Visual Effects Society Awards

The motion picture “The Jungle Book” and the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at Tuesday night’s 15th Annual VES Awards, which are presented by the Visual Effects Society.

“The Jungle Book” won five awards in the film categories, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the VES category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category. In the 14 previous years of the VES Awards, its top winner went on to win the VFX Oscar nine times.

“Deepwater Horizon” and the animated film “Moana” each won two awards, while “Kubo and the Two Strings” won in the Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature category.

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In the TV categories, “Game of Thrones” dominated winning five awards and sweeping every TV category except the one in which it was not eligible, Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode. “Black Sails” won that award.

The awards took place at the Beverly Hilton, with Patton Oswalt hosting. The VES Visionary Award went to Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso, while the VES Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ken Ralston.

The complete list of winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “The Jungle Book”
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “Deepwater Horizon”
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 Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Black Sails”: “XX”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: “Uncharted 4”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Pirates of the Caribbean”: “Battle for the Sunken Treasure”
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 an Episode or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones”: “Battle of the Bastards”: Drogon
Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature: “Doctor Strange”: New York City
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature: “Moana”: Motunui Island
Outstanding Created Environment 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 Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “Deepwater Horizon”: Deepwater Horizon Rig
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 Compositing in a Photoreal Feature: “The Jungle Book”
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode: “Game of Thrones”: “Battle of the Bastards”: Retaking Winterfell
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “Breaking Point”

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The motion picture “The Jungle Book” and the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of “Game of Thrones” were the big winners at Tuesday night’s 15th Annual VES Awards, which are presented by the Visual Effects Society.

“The Jungle Book” won five awards in the film categories, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the VES category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category. In the 14 previous years of the VES Awards, its top winner went on to win the VFX Oscar nine times.

“Deepwater Horizon” and the animated film “Moana” each won two awards, while “Kubo and the Two Strings” won in the Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature category.

In the TV categories, “Game of Thrones” dominated winning five awards and sweeping every TV category except the one in which it was not eligible, Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode. “Black Sails” won that award.

The awards took place at the Beverly Hilton, with Patton Oswalt hosting. The VES Visionary Award went to Marvel Studios’ Victoria Alonso, while the VES Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ken Ralston.

The complete list of winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “The Jungle Book”
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “Deepwater Horizon”
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 Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Black Sails”: “XX”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: “Uncharted 4”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Pirates of the Caribbean”: “Battle for the Sunken Treasure”
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 an Episode or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones”: “Battle of the Bastards”: Drogon
Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature: “Doctor Strange”: New York City
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature: “Moana”: Motunui Island
Outstanding Created Environment 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 Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “Deepwater Horizon”: Deepwater Horizon Rig
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 Compositing in a Photoreal Feature: “The Jungle Book”
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode: “Game of Thrones”: “Battle of the Bastards”: Retaking Winterfell
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial: John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “Breaking Point”

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