VES Awards 2018: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Coco’ Win Top VFX Prizes

Matt Reeves’ “Apes” finale eyes the Oscar after beating “Blade Runner 2049” Tuesday night at the 16th VES Awards.

War for the Planet of the Apes” from Weta Digital could well be on its way to the elusive VFX Oscar after winning four VES trophies Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton (including the top feature prize). Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” won for supporting VFX, Pixar’s “Coco” earned four awards (including VFX for animation), and “Game of Thrones” took home five awards (including VFX for TV).

The “Apes” finale, directed by Matt Reeves, benefited from a Shakespearean performance from Andy Serkis as Caesar, with Weta working its wizardry in much harsher conditions for the performance-captured animation. Not surprisingly, “Apes” additionally won for Caesar, the effects simulations for the thrilling avalanche, and compositing. However, although both “Rise” and “Dawn” captured VES prizes, neither won the Oscar, so “War” is not a certainty in its race with “Blade Runner 2049.”

UNLIKELY DUET -- In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal) on a life-changing journey through the Land of the Dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

“Coco”

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Speaking of which, Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner” sequel won two awards for the brutal LA environment and the model of LAPD Headquarters.

“Coco,” the animated Oscar frontrunner, also took home prizes for the skeleton Hector, the City of the Dead environment, and effects simulations.

The biggest loser was “The Last Jedi,” which marked the second year in a row that “Star Wars” was shut out after taking the VES award for “The Force Awakens.” But Luke Skywalker’s Mark Hamill made a surprise appearance to hand out the final award to “War.”

Oscar winner Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”) scored the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, Weta’s senior VFX supervisor, earned the Georges Méliès Award.

Winners of the 16th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

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

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Coco,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Big at VES Awards

Portending a possible Oscar win, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” pictured above, was named photoreal feature film winner at the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday evening, earning four honors. “Coco” continued its juggernaut winning streak and took the honor of top animated feature film; it also earned four awards. Awards […]

Portending a possible Oscar win, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” pictured above, was named photoreal feature film winner at the 16th annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday evening, earning four honors. “Coco” continued its juggernaut winning streak and took the honor of top animated feature film; it also earned four awards. Awards […]

‘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…

Nominees for VES Awards Highlight Rising Realism in Visual Effects

Nominations by the Visual Effects Society often provide signposts indicating significant directions in the vfx field, and that’s true again this year. The films honored for overall effects in photoreal features are the same five that earned vfx Oscar noms: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The […]

Nominations by the Visual Effects Society often provide signposts indicating significant directions in the vfx field, and that’s true again this year. The films honored for overall effects in photoreal features are the same five that earned vfx Oscar noms: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The […]

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

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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
Les Pionniers de l’Univers
The Endless

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