September 30, 2016

Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

GRAVITY

Yesterday night, the Visual Effect Society held their 12th annual awards show, and surprising no one, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar hopeful Gravity was the big winner. The film took home six VES awards, making it by far the dominant feature on display. This obviously furthers the chances of it taking home the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but we can all agree that it was already pretty much a lock to win there. The only other feature competing in that category that made any dent at the awards was The Lone Ranger, which won Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

As for Gravity’s half dozen wins, they were in the categories of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture (their version of Best Picture, basically), Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture. A big haul indeed for Gravity.

Here are all of the winners from the VES Awards last night:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Gravity (Tim Webber, Nikki Penny, Neil Corbould, Richard McBride)

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho, Lino Di Salvo)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones (Steve Kullback, Joe Bauer, Jörn Großhans, Sven Martin)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Shari Hanson, Kevin Martel)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Banshee: (Armen Kevorkian, Mark Skowronski, Jeremy Jozwik, Ricardo Ramirez)

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Mark Rubin, Richard Kriegler, David Johnson, Alessandro Nardini)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Call of Duty: Epic Night Out (Chris Knight, Daniel Thuresson. Nick Tayler. Dag Ivarsory)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Space Shuttle Atlantis (Daren Ulmer, John Gross, Cedar Connor, Christian Bloch)

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug (Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume Francois)

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Frozen: Bringing the Snow Queen to Life (Alexander Alvarado, Joy Johnson, Chad Stubblefield, Wayne Unten)

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
PETA: 98% Human (Vince Baertsoen, Jimmy Gass, Dave Barosin)

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Gravity: Exterior (Paul Beilby, Kyle Mcculloch, Stuart Penn, Ian Comley)

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Frozen: Elsa’s Ice Palace (Virgilio John Aquino, Alessandro Jacomini, Lance Summers, David Womersley)

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: The Climb (Patrick Zentis, Mayur Patel, Nitin Singh, Tim Alexander)

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Gravity (Tim Webber, Emmanuel Lubezki, Richard McBride, Dale Newton)

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Commercial or Broadcast Program
The Crew (Dominique Boidin, Rémi Kozyra, Léon Bérelle, Maxime Luère)

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
Gravity: ISS Exterior (Ben Lambert, Paul Beilby, Chris Lawrence, Andy Nicholson)

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Gravity: Parachute and ISS Destruction (Alexis Wajsbrot, Sylvain Degrotte, Horacio Mendoza, Juan-Luis Sanchez)

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Frozen: Elsa’s Blizzard (Eric W. Araujo, Marc Bryant, Dong Joo Byun. Tim Molinder)

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
PETA: 98% Human (Vince Baertsoen, Jimmy Gass, Dave Barosin)

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Gravity (Mark Bakowski, Anthony Smith, Theodor Groeneboom, Adrian Metzelaar)

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: The Climb (Kirk Brillon, Steve Gordon, Geoff Sayer, Winston Lee)

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial
Call of Duty: Epic Night Out (Chris Knight, Daniel Thuresson. Nick Tayler. Dag Ivarsory)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Rugbybugs (Matthias Baeuerle, Carl Schroeter, Martin Lapp. Emanuel Fuchs)

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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