VES Awards: 'Star Wars', 'Game Of Thrones' Rule; 3 Each For 'Revenant', 'Good Dinosaur' – Winners List

Game Of Thrones 2Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game Of Thrones came in to the 14th annual VES Awards with the most nominations, and they left with the most wins: four apiece. The Revenant went home with three statuettes. The trophies were handed out at the Beverly Hilton, hosted Patton Oswalt, who delivered a hilarious opening monologue and kept proceedings fast and light, and occasionally profane – for instance near the end, when he implored Batman v Superman director Zach Snyder not to F— up the film and franchise.

good dinosaur 2Meanwhile, The Good Dinosaur fairly surprised Oscar front-runner and fellow Pixar toon Inside Out, winning three awards — including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature — to the latter’s one.

Let’s start by addressing the exogorth in the room: Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in with a seven nominations and won the big award by beating fellow VFX Oscar nominees Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian as well as Furious 7 and San Andreas. The winners of VES’ top film award has gone on to score the Visual Effects Oscar nine out of 14 times.

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One commercial dominated that category tonight: SSE’s “Pier,” a British spot that features an inquisitive orangutan discovering the wonders of an amusement park on a seaside pier. Watch it here:

Ridley Scott, the director behind such films as Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator and The Martian, received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award. Scott delivered a amiable, rambling speech (no doubt fueled by the generous food and wine dished out to attendees) that touched on his long experience with visual effects. Touching first on the very practical work on films suchRidley Scott Syd Mead 2-shot as Alien and Legend, he said that the advances that came later were art, as are science and math, and like science and math arts he realized he hadn’t learned. He also praised the “genius” and creativity of visual effects professionals, and thanked them profusely for the honor. Meanwhile, VES presented its Visionary Awards to Syd Mead, who has amassed credits ranging from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and Tron to Mission: Impossible III and Elysium.

The VES Awards honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and the artists who created them. Here is the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Roger Guyett
Luke O’Byrne
Patrick Tubach
Paul Kavanagh
Chris Corbould

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur
Sanjay Bakshi
Denise Ream
Michael Venturini
Jon Reisch

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; The Dance of Dragons
Joe Bauer
Steve Kullback
Eric Carney
Derek Spears
Stuart Brisdon

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

SSE; Pier
Neil Davies
Tim Lyall
Hitesh Patel
Jorge Montiel

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

The Revenant; The Bear
Matt Shumway
Gaelle Morand
Karin Cooper
Leandro Estebecorena

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Inside Out; Joy
Shawn Krause
Tanja Krampfert
Jacob Merrell
Alexis Angelidis

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

SSE; Pier; Orangutan
Jorge Montiel
Sauce Vilas
Philippe Moine
Sam Driscoll

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Mad Max: Fury Road; Toxic Storm
Dan Bethell
Clinton Downs
Chris Young

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur
Stephen Marshall
Magnus Wrenninge
Michael Hall
Hemagiri Arumugam

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; Hardhome
David Ramos
Antonio Lado
Piotr Weiss
Félix Bergés

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Citipati
Andreas Feix
Francesco Faranna

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

The Order: 1886
Nathan Phail-Liff
Dana Jan
Anthony Vitale
Scot Andreason

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Paul Kavanagh
Colin Benoit
Susumu Yukuhiro
Greg Salter

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Fast and Furious: Supercharged
Chris Shaw
Alysia Cotter
Ben White
Diego Guerrero

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Yanick Dusseault
Mike Wood
Justin van der Lek
Quentin Marmier

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur; The Farm
David Munier
Matthew Webb
Matt Kuruc
Tom Miller

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; City of Volantis
Dominic Piche
Christine Leclerc
Patrice Poissant
Thomas Montminy-Brodeur

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8
Joshua Lee
Matthew Denton
Landis Fields
Cyrus Jam

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

The Revenant; Bear Attack
Donny Rausch
Alan Travis
Charles Lai
TC Harrison

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

SSE; Pier
Gary Driver
Greg Spencer
Grant Connor

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; Hardhome
Eduardo Díaz
Guillermo Orbe
Oscar Perea
Inmaculada Nadela

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

The Revenant
Rich McBride
Ivy Agregan
Jason Smith
Nicolas Chevallier
Cameron Waldbauer

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Vikings; To the Gates
Dominic Remane
Bill Halliday
Paul Wishart
Ovidiu Cinazan
Paul Byrne