A film whose battles left hordes of primates dead and another that celebrates the Day of the Dead were the big winners at tonight’s 16th annual VES Awards.

Twentieth Century Fox

Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes took four prizes including the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. And Disney/Pixar’s Oscar front-runner Coco dominated the toon brigade, also scoring four statuettes. Check the Visual Effects Society’s full winners list below.

Blade Runner 2049 — which came into the gala tied with Planet of the Apes with a leading seven nominations — was the only other multiple winner of the film side, taking two trophies. Dunkirk and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 picked up one win apiece at the Beverly Hilton ceremony hosted for a seventh time by Patton Oswalt.

The winner of VES’ top film award has gone on to score the Visual Effects Oscar 10 out of 15 times including The Jungle Book last year. But the two previous VES champs – 2016’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2015’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, whose sequels did battle tonight – both missed out on the Academy Award.

Speaking of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise, 2017’s top domestic grosser Star Wars: The Last Jedi came in with four nominations and left the Hilton with … bupkis. Including last year’s surprising VES shutout for spinoff pic Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that means the behemoth series is 0-for-11 nominations in the past two years. This after The Force Awakens dominated the 2016 VES Awards.

HBO

Also shut out tonight was Despicable Me 3, the top-grossing toon of 2017 that came in with five nominations.

The big winner on the TV side, natch, was HBO’s Game of Thrones, which laid waste to its rivals again this year. Starz’s Black Sails managed to win for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode — a category in which Thrones was not nominated.

Mark Hamill was a surprise presenter for the top TV prize tonight, to the delight of the crowd. “Wouldn’t it be funny if I opened up the envelope and said, La La Land?” he asked.

Assassin’s Creed Origins and Avatar: Flight of Passage each scored one VES Award tonight, and the Visual Effects Society honored only one commercial this year: Samsung’s “Do What You Can’t – Ostrich” won all three trophies awarded for ads. Watch the minutelong version here:

The VFX crowd presented a pair of career honors tonight. Jon Favreau, who helmed the first two Iron Man pics and whose The Jungle Book was the big VES winner last year, received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award from Marvel lord Kevin Feige. Joe Letteri, a four-time VFX Oscar winner for Avatar, two Lord of the Rings films and 2005’s King Kong, was presented with the Georges Méliès Award by Jon Landau.

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In accepting his award, Favreau said: “I really will treasure this. … You [VFX pros] are giving me the award for the work you all did. I don’t feel like a teacher, I feel like a student.” He also mentioned all the people whose work remains an inspiration for him. “This is not about technology, it’s the people. … We are creating the hand-painted tile that makes a mosaic that makes a movie.”

Letteri gave a shout-out to George Méliès, the namesake of his award tonight: “What he calls illusions, we call special effects,” he said. “As techniques evolve, so I hope does the artistry that we bring to the screen.” He also praised a new diversity in effects work, saying, “We owe ourselves a workplace free of injustice and harassment.”

VES Executive Director began the evening by addressing the biggest story in Hollywood these past few months. Here is the transcript of his speech:

As you know, every year it falls to me to thank our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, and shortly I will. But this year, I must first acknowledge that we are in the midst of a critical moment in time, galvanized by the brave leadership and widespread support of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.

“With that in mind, let me state the obvious: we not only need more women in the entertainment industry at large … we need more women in visual effects. And we need more women in positions of power. And most importantly, we need to make sure that if there are instances, situations, or questionable moments of abuse, harassment, or power inequities that are impacting the lives of ANY ONE, it must stop IMMEDIATELY. Women must have a real voice in our industry and while I realize that as a white male I am an imperfect messenger for this task, I want to thank a very talented woman — Brooke Breton, visual effects producer and VES Board member — who will take the lead in dealing with this issue. Brooke will head a committee to be formed by the Board to come up with a plan of action, with recommendations and ideas for moving forward.

“In addition, I’d also like to salute Brooke and a few of her colleagues, including Camille Celluci, Lisa Cooke, Rose Duignan, Kim Bromley and others, who made sure that one very notable person, an extraordinary visual effects head of production whose career spanned more than 20 years — and who was a true pioneer for women in this industry — had a chance to be recognized earlier this evening in a special ceremony. Patty Blau!”

Here is the full list of winners at the 2018 VES Awards:

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 Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, Sam Conway

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, Michael K. O’Brien

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Diarmid Harrison-­Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, Martino Madeddu

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto

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 a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
David Bryan, Maximilian Mallmann, Tim Van Hussen, Brendan Fagan

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 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 Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga, Chris Menges

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-Sebastien Guay, Ulrich Haar

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 Visual Effects in a Student Project
Hybrids
Florian Brauch, Romain Thirion, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, Scott Fisher

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, Paul Dimmer

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 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 Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:40 pm

Welcome to Deadline’s live blog of the 16th annual VES Awards.

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The Last Jedi is in the running two years after Star Wars: The Force Awakens swept the 2016 VES Awards. And last year, spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scored seven nominations to lead the field last year — but it went home empty-handed.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:42 pm

Tonight’s parade of presenters will include Kumail  Nanjiani, Diane Warren, Lee Unkrich, Sydelle
Noel, Chris Sullivan, Jaime Camil, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ana De La Reguera and
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

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Marvel honcho Kevin Feige will present the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to his Iron Man helmer and Avengers: Infinity War producer Jon Favreau

dhaithman February 13, 20187:44 pm

Patton Oswald calls Eric Roth the human dynamo, Mr. Charisma, Eric Diamond David Lee Roth. Hah!  Says he’s exhausted and loopy from jury duty today downtown.

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Eric Roth’s opening comments: 

As you know, every year it falls to me to thank our wonderful sponsors and volunteers, and shortly I will. But this year, I must first acknowledge that we are in the midst of a critical moment in time, galvanized by the brave leadership and widespread support of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:45 pm

More from Roth:

“With that in mind, let me state the obvious: we not only need more women in the entertainment industry at large … we need more women in visual effects. And we need more women in positions of power. And most importantly, we need to make sure that if there are instances, situations, or questionable moments of abuse, harassment, or power inequities that are impacting the lives of ANY ONE, it must stop IMMEDIATELY.”

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Roth continued:

“Women must have a real voice in our industry and while I realize that as a white male I am an imperfect messenger for this task, I want to thank a very talented woman — Brooke Breton, visual effects producer and VES Board member — who will take the lead in dealing with this issue. Brooke will head a committee to be formed by the Board to come up with a plan of action, with recommendations and ideas for moving forward.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:46 pm

Last part from Roth:

“In addition, I’d also like to salute Brooke and a few of her colleagues, including Camille Celluci, Lisa Cooke, Rose Duignan, Kim Bromley and others, who made sure that one very notable person, an extraordinary visual effects head of production whose career spanned more than 20 years — and who was a true pioneer for women in this industry — had a chance to be recognized earlier this evening in a special ceremony. Patty Blau!”

dhaithman February 13, 20187:46 pm

Breaking the record for the most former Dungeon Masters in one room, says Oswald, noting this is his 5th time hosting these awards.  He’s cracking everybody up with his nerd jokes.  He can get away with it because he’s a member of the club.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:47 pm

Jon Landau – James Cameron’s producing partner on Avatar, Titanic, et al. – will give the Georges Méliès Award to Weta Digital’s four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri, with whom he worked on Avatar and its upcoming sequels.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:48 pm

VES said this in its press notes for tonight’s shindig: “The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to tell the most amazing stories imaginable. This year, more than ever, we have seen the fantastic become normal, the unimaginable become reality and the artistry of VFX drive box office. The VES Awards is proud that it is the only place that showcases and honors these amazing artists in depth and across a wide range of fields.

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We have our first winner of the night:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Avatar: Flight of Passage

Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:55 pm

We have our first winner of the night:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:56 pm

Raise your hand if you knew there was a new Avatar product in 2017.

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WINNER:

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

dhaithman February 13, 20187:58 pm

Guardians team says they wished Patton Oswald could give their speech
 

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:58 pm

Two categories and 22 to go. 

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20187:59 pm

I’m guessing Patton Oswalt wouldn’t shy away from doing a speech for anyone at any time.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:01 pm

First winner on the commercials side:

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Michael Gregory, Andrew Roberts, Gustavo Bellon, Rashabh Ramesh Butani

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:02 pm

There’s no denying it’s a clever ad. I think I want one of those VR helmetcam deals.

That’s the technical term, I believe.

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Here is Samsung’s winning ad, the 60-second version:

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Man, those birds are big. Anyone see that BBC nature show where three lion brothers took down an ostrich? This cat fan digs it.

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WINNER:
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier, Thijs Noij, Edwin Holdsworth, Giacomo Matteucci

dhaithman February 13, 20188:05 pm

This stuff really is magic. Compositing is cool!

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:05 pm

Thrones has been making mincemeat of its “rivals” at the VES Awards for years. Almost feels like decades.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:06 pm

Where there be dragons, there be awards

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Well played, Diane.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:08 pm

Can’t we get some of the Westeros folks to investigate this Russia thing? Or the Clinton emails? Or the JFK assassination? Or Geraldo Rivera’s moustache?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:08 pm

Or, as Cheech and Chong once called him, “Horendo Revolver.”

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Another winner:

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes

Christoph Salzmann, Robin Hollander, Ben Warner, Beck Veitch

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Another winner:

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Salzmann, Robin Hollander, Ben Warner, Beck Veitch

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:10 pm

That’s the first VES win tonight for War of the Planet of the Apes, which came in tied with Blade Runner 2049 for most nominations — seven.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:10 pm

Apes team takes it for compositing:  “We are very honored”  and said they had a whopping total of 93 compositors to make it all happen

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93 Compositors? Pretty sure I saw them open for My Bloody Valentine once.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, Paul Dimmer

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:15 pm

What’s this? A TV winner other than Game of Thrones? Time for “Red Wedding 2: The Sequel”?

dhaithman February 13, 20188:15 pm

BIG team headed for the stage for Sails, thanking VES for recognizing the show in its last season. And Starz for “unwavering confidence in us.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:16 pm

That’s a solid win for the Black Sails team. And for HBO’s premium-channel rival Starz, really.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:17 pm

Starz finally has left behind the two-and-through season orders for its drama series.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, Scott Fisher

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:19 pm

Visual Effects Society really sharing the wealth tonight: seven categories and seven different winning projects.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:19 pm

Dunkirk team praises collaboration, not just the effects team, but everyone involved with the film. Classy

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:22 pm

WINNER:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Hybrids
Florian Brauch, Romain Thirion, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades

dhaithman February 13, 20188:23 pm

The students get the Monkees as their walk-on music.  Last Train to Clarksville. Odd but it worked. Planet of the Monkees?  Anyway, watching clips from students films suggests they’d be great, weird roommates.

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dhaithman February 13, 20188:24 pm

Oswald: Laments that seeing all these talented kids makes him remember he did nothing in school but get high. “Reminds me of my mortality, all the time I wasted.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:24 pm

That awards might make daydream believers outta those kids

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dhaithman February 13, 20188:27 pm

Time to present the Honoree Award to Joe Letteri.  Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, other luminaries on video praising his talents before he appears.  On Letteri’s multiple Oscars; “You got four of those suckers!” Cameron says.

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“Don’t party too late, I need you on the set in the morning,” Cameron adds.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:32 pm

Joe Letteri is a four-time VFX Oscar winner for Avatar and Peter Jackson’s King Kong and the last two Lord of the Rings films.

He also has six other Oscar nominations, including this year for War of the
Planet of the Apes, and received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy in 2004.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:33 pm

Jon Landau onstage, on Letteri: “He is able to balance all of his accomplishments with his family life…what makes me proudest is that I can call him a friend.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:33 pm

Letteri  also has amassed 14 VES Awards in 14 nominations dating to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at the inaugural ceremony in 2003. He has the kind of resume that might get an VES Award named after him someday.

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Letteri also worked on such effects-packed pics as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, all three of Jackson’s Hobbit films, Batman v. Superman, The Jungle Book and the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel.

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The Jungle Book reminds us that Jon Favreau is set for the VES Lifetime Achievement Award next.

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Letteri praises George Melies, namesake of the award he is receiving: “What he calls illusions, we call special effects…as techniques evolve, so I hope does the artistry that we bring to the screen.”

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dhaithman February 13, 20188:37 pm

Letteri also praises a new diversity in effects work, and adds: “We owe ourselves a workplace free of injustice and harassment.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:39 pm

Nicely said, Mt. Letteri.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:40 pm

WINNER:

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

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:41 pm

And just like that Game of Thrones becomes the night’s first double winner.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:41 pm

Game on! The team is gracious enough to thank the other nominees.

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Also, the team dedicated the award to “the small effects teams around the world”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:43 pm

I gotta believe other FX teams are rooting for Thrones to end. But then there are those sequels’n’spinoffs’n’such. 

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WINNER:

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Coco; City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson, Jamie Hecker, Jonathan Pytko, Dave Strick

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:45 pm

Oscar front-runner Coco is up for four awards tonight, but Despicable Me 3 — the top-grossing toon of 2017 — leads with five noms.

dhaithman February 13, 20188:46 pm

Unlike the recent Annie Awards, Coco can’t dominate most of the categories at VES, but not surprised the VES went Coco Loco for Coco’s mesmerizing City of the Dead

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:48 pm

Coco clobbered the competition at the Annies…

‘Coco’ Dominates Annies; ‘Rick And Morty’ Tops TV: Complete Winners List

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WINNER:

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin, Rhys Salcombe, Seungjin Woo, Francesco Dell’Anna

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And a win for Blade Runner 2049 as the VES continues to spread its prizes around.

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The loooooong-in-the-works sequel comes in tied for the lead with seven noms.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-¬Time Project

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-¬Sebastien Guay, Ulrich Haar

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:53 pm

We are motorin’ tonight, gang. Past the halfway mark: 12 down, 12 to go.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga, Chris Menges

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:55 pm

Wait — that was a model? Heh.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:56 pm

Anyone taking bets on who will direct Blade Runner 2099?

dhaithman February 13, 20188:56 pm

With this win, the LAPD becomes an international brand, if it wasn’t already.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:57 pm

I think LAPD has been a brand for nearly 30 years now thanks to…

dhaithman February 13, 20188:59 pm

Patton funny-fretting about the bouncy music accompanying the winners to the stage (like, the Monkees). “It’s like the music is making fun of your winners”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20188:59 pm

Then again, it’s not like LAPD hasn’t had its share of publicity going back many decades before that. To wit:

https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/curly-moe-larry-police.png?w=605

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Then again, it’s not like LAPD hasn’t had its share of publicity going back many decades before that. To wit:


Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:01 pm

Who else are they playing music-wise, Diane?

dhaithman February 13, 20189:02 pm

Well, George Michael is waking up the Thrones team before they Go Go to the stage…

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WINNER:

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

dhaithman February 13, 20189:03 pm

And Patton is appalled: “These guys are talented, what is happening?”…

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:03 pm

Wham? I’m never gonna dance again….

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:05 pm

Apologies for the earlier error on Joe Letteri working on original Star Wars — it was the special editions. Appreciate a more-knowledgeable-than-I reader pointing that out.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Coco
Kristopher Campbell, Stephen Gustafson, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn

dhaithman February 13, 20189:06 pm

But, has Letteri ever danced to George Michael? We will never know…

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:06 pm

Coco 2, Despicable Me 3 nil.

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I think he did Last Christmas, if I’m not mistaken (again).

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:10 pm

Trying to think of a good theme song for VFX in general.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” maybe? What other Hollywood pros could show you  tangerine trees, marmalade skies and newspaper taxis?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:10 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

War for the Planet of the Apes

David Caeiro Cebrián, Johnathan Nixon, Chet Leavai, Gary Boyle

dhaithman February 13, 20189:11 pm

Surfin’ USA for Planet of the Apes team.  Not sure what algorithm is picking this stuff but I like it

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:12 pm

Another win for the Apes. How do you feel about that, guys?

dhaithman February 13, 20189:13 pm

Kevin Feige president of Marvel Studios here to present the Visionary Award to Jon Favreau

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:14 pm

War for the Planet of the Apes and Blade Runner 2049 each with two wins. This is gettin’ good.

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Wagers, anyone?

dhaithman February 13, 20189:16 pm

I just want to know, which photo has the scariest eyes?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:18 pm

Jon Favreau getting his VES moment now. And dude has had some moments in his career:

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:18 pm

Which Iron Man is you favorite, Jon — gun to your head?

dhaithman February 13, 20189:19 pm

Jon Favreau onstage:  I really will treasure this…you (the professional audience) are giving me the award for the work you all did.  I don’t feel like a teacher, I feel like a student.

dhaithman February 13, 20189:20 pm

Favreau picks up on the warmth of this crowd, mentions all the people whose work remains an inspiration — you know, these are the people who don’t mind having their awards show on a Tuesday night.

dhaithman February 13, 20189:21 pm

More Favreau: This is not about technology, it’s the people…we are creating the hand-painted tile that makes a mosaic that makes a movie.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:22 pm

Hand-painted tile? Could you work on my bathroom next, Jon?

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WINNER:
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

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:26 pm

Ho-hum, another VES Award for Game of Thrones.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:28 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
David Bryan, Maximilian Mallmann, Tim Van Hussen, Brendan Fagan

dhaithman February 13, 20189:29 pm

We’ve got the Jackson 5 going now, for the Ostrich guys.  It’s ABC

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:30 pm

Ostrich goes 2-for-2 in the commercials category.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar
Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale, Tim Forbes

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:32 pm

Apes is the first to land a triple tonight.

dhaithman February 13, 20189:32 pm

Multiple awards for “Apes,” but first one to go to AN ape

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:33 pm

Seems the crowd is digging the host tonight:

dhaithman February 13, 20189:34 pm

Even though it’s getting late, the Apes team is charmingly excited on stage. Thanking everybody on the Planet

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:37 pm

Better than damning them all to hell, I suppose.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:38 pm

Oof, that jpeg came out bigger than it should have.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:38 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto

dhaithman February 13, 20189:39 pm

Bravo Hector!

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:39 pm

It’s starting to look like the Coco ‘n’ Caesar Show tonight — three wins apiece.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:41 pm

I wonder how Gru from the also-ran Despicable Me 3 is handling this Coco domination?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:41 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Diarmid Harrison-­Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, Martino Madeddu

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:42 pm

Forgive me if I’m fresh out of ostrich jokes…

dhaithman February 13, 20189:42 pm

This time, the Ostrich guys got Rolling Stones, Start Me Up.  Can’t stick your head in the sand for that one…

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:45 pm

Three categories, three wins for Samsung’s “flightless” bird.

Here’s the full nearly two-minute version of the ad:

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:45 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Coco

Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, Michael K. O’Brien

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:45 pm

That’s a clean sweep for the Dead boys.

dhaithman February 13, 20189:46 pm

Music choice could have been Grateful Dead…

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:47 pm

Then I’d vote for “Mexicali Blues.”

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:48 pm

Is there anything a man don’t stand to lose/When the devil wants to take it all away?

dhaithman February 13, 20189:48 pm

Mark Hamill onstage to present!!!

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:48 pm

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:48 pm

Mark Hamill? Doesn’t ring a bell…

dhaithman February 13, 20189:49 pm

Patton said Hamill owns the entire box set of the Oakridge Boys.  True?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:50 pm

Giddyup, oom-papa-mao-mao…

dhaithman February 13, 20189:50 pm

Hamill to present Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode.  This crowd thinks HE’s a special effect

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:51 pm

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:51 pm

Hamill … Hamill … wasn’t he that guy with the scar in Corvette Summer?

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:52 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, Sam Conway

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:52 pm

Another year, another (near) sweep for Thrones.

Erik Pedersen February 13, 20189:52 pm

Which brings us to the finale…

dhaithman February 13, 20189:53 pm

It’s about to get photoreal up in here..

dhaithman February 13, 20189:57 pm

Before announcing final winner, Hamill jokes: Wouldn’t it be funny if I opened up the envelope and said: LaLa Land?…

dhaithman February 13, 20189:59 pm

Patton: “We made it, put your cargo shorts back on now”…seriously, thanks to our fan for hanging in with us.  No, we know there are many more of you, and we appreciate your hanging in. Good night!

Erik Pedersen February 13, 201810:02 pm

That’s a wrap for our VES Awards live blog. See you later this awards season. Good night.