The Visual Effects Society is presenting its 20th annual VES Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and Deadline is updating the list of winners as they are announced. Take a look below.
Warner Bros. dune and Disney Animation Encanto arrive tonight with six nominations each for a year when people started going back to movies.
And on the way to the final rewards, Encanto leads with four wins in the cartoon categories – for Outstanding Visual Effects, Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project, Created Environment in Photorealistic Feature, and Amino Character. dune won for effects simulations, compositing, and lighting and model in a photorealistic or animated project.
Other winners from the world of feature films are Last night in Soho (Support visual effects), Spider-Man: No Coming Home (Environment created), Jungle Cruise (Special [Practical] Effects), Raya and the last dragon (Simulation) and Bullfinch (Animated character).
The Disney+ Marvel series Loki, which led all series with four names, kicked off the TV categories with a win for Compositing & Lighting in an Episode. AppleTV+ To see won for Supporting Visual Effects, and the streamer Foundation won the Effects Simulations award. by Netflix the witcher scored a win for the animated character.
Saba; Reef of Hope (watch it here) topped the commercials realm with two wins and vidgame Call of Duty: Vanguard won for visual effects in a real-time project.
Visual Effects Society Executive Director Eric Roth opened the show – which was Go being hosted by veteran Patton Oswalt, but he has a broken leg. So the organization called in backup: Drew Carey. Alas, he had “an emergency” and couldn’t do it either, Roth said.
The ceremony kicked off with a wild VFX reel set to Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” — classic rock is the music of choice tonight — followed by a few announcements. Roth said VES’ growing international reach will be reflected in the new VESglobal.com web domain, and the inaugural VES Technology Award will be launched at next year’s gala.
Two-time Oscar winner and current nominee Guillermo del Toro is this year’s recipient of the VES Award for Creative Excellence, but he was in bad weather and was not in attendance. His longtime producing partner J. Miles Dale agreed on del Toro’s behalf.
Lucasfilm EVP/GM Lynwen Brennan, who oversees companies such as Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, earned a permanent O by accepting the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.
There was also an early tribute to VFX legends Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters with Blade Runner) and Bill Taylor (Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Next Generation), who died within the past year.
Since the VES Awards launched in 2002, the film’s main winner has won the visual effects Oscar in 10 of 19 years, but neither of the last two. Last year, Netflix The midnight sky won the VES honor, but Warner Bros. Principle won the Oscar. In 2020, Disney The Lion King won the VES award ahead of Universal 1917 winning the Oscar.
The Visual Effects Society celebrates its 25th anniversary and its awards recognize the year’s best in outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, television, commercials, video games and locations specials.
Here are the winners of the 20th Annual VES Awards so far, followed by the list of nominees in the remaining categories:
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED FILM
Thaddeus P. Miller
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A COMMERCIAL
Saba; Reef of Hope
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN ANIMATED FILM
Canto; Madrigal of Mirabel
Jose Luis “Weecho” Velasquez
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A PHOTOREAL MOVIE
Bullfinch; I f
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A COMMERCIAL
smart energy; Einstein knows best; Einstein
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A REAL-TIME EPISODE OR PROJECT
The Witcher; Nivellen the cursed man
EXCEPTIONAL EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN A PHOTOREAL FILM
Dunes; Arrakis Dunes
EXCEPTIONAL EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN ANIMATED FILM
Raya and the last dragon
The Joyce Tong
EXCEPTIONAL EFFECT SIMULATIONS IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
Foundation; Collapse of the Galactic Empire
OUTSTANDING (PRACTICAL) SPECIAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL PROJECT
OUTSTANDING MODEL IN A PHOTOREAL OR ANIMATED PROJECT
Dunes; royal ornithopter
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A REAL-TIME PROJECT
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Sandy Lin Chiang
EXCEPTIONAL CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Spider-Man: No Coming Home; The mirror dimension
Eric Le Dieu de Ville
Claire Le Teuff
OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN ANIMATED FILM
Canto; Antonio’s room
Chris Patrick O’Connell
EXCEPTIONAL CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
Saba; Reef of Hope
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A STUDENT PROJECT
EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Last night in Soho
STUNNING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
To see; Rock-A-Bye
EXCEPTIONAL COMPOSITATION AND LIGHTING IN A FEATURE
Dunes; Attack on Arrakeen
EXCEPTIONAL COMPOSITATION AND LIGHTING IN A COMMERCIAL
Verizon; The Reset
OUTSTANDING COMPOSITATION AND LIGHTING IN AN EPISODE
Loki; Laments; Destruction of Shuroo City
OUTSTANDING VIRTUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A CG PROJECT
Canto; We’re not talking about Bruno
Nathan Detroit Warner
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SPECIAL SITE PROJECT
Jurassic World Adventure
Eugenie von Tunzelmann
Maximilian McNair MacEwan
EXCEPTIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Godzilla vs. Kong
John “DJ” Des Jardins
The Matrix Resurrections
Huw J Evans
no time to die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Coming Home
STUNNING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
Foundation; The Emperor’s Peace
Loki; Journey into mystery
Lost in space; Trust