The 17th annual VES Awards are being handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, and Deadline will be live-blogging the affair and updating the winners list live. Patton Oswalt is hosting the Visual Effects Society’s gala, which celebrates the best VFX artistry and innovation in film, animation, TV, commercials and video games across 24 categories.

The winner of the VES Award for Photoreal Feature has gone on to win the Visual Effects Oscar 10 of the 16 times it has been presented, but it hasn’t been much of a harbinger for the past half-decade or so. Last year the VES Award went to War for the Planet of the Apes, while the Academy Award was claimed by Blade Runner 2049, as Roger Deakins won for the first time in his 14th nominations. The Jungle Book won both in 2017, but VES and Oscar failed to match up in either of the previous two years.

Avengers Infinity War
Disney

Battling for Photoreal Feature this year are Avengers: Infinity War — which leads the field with six nominations — Christopher Robin, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Welcome to Marwen. All are up for the VFX Academy Award as well except for Marwen; First Man also will vie for Oscar gold.

Deadline’s Matt Grobar is at the Hilton, and Erik Pedersen is manning the editors desk. Here’s how we are seeing it.

Here are the winners so far:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War
Daniel DeLeeuw, Jen Underdahl, Kelly Port, Matt Aitken, Daniel Sudick

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Lost in Space, “Danger, Will Robinson”
Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson, Joao Sita

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Joshua Beveridge, Christian Hejnal, Danny Dimian, Bret St. Clair

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano
Kamen Markov, Philip Whalley, Anthony Bloor, Andy Steele

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales
Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa, Julie Bernier Gosselin

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Jan Philip Cramer, Darren Hendler, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Lost in Space; Humanoid
Chad Shattuck, Paul Zeke, Julia Flanagan, Andrew McCartney

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Gerardo Aguilera. Ashraf Ghoniem, Vasilis Pazionis, Hartwell Durfor

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ian Farnsworth, Pav Grochola, Simon Corbaux, Brian D. Casper

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
Altered Carbon
Philipp Kratzer, Daniel Fernandez, Xavier Lestourneaud, Andrea Rosa

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Mortal Engines; London
Matthew Sandoval, James Ogle, Nick Keller, Sam Tack

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Age of Sail
John Kahrs, Kevin Dart, Cassidy Curtis, Theresa Latzko

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
Mert Yamak, Stanley Wong, Joana Garrido, Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man; Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City
Terry Park, Bret St. Clair, Kimberly Liptrap, Dave Morehead

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
Lost in Space, “Pilot; Impact Area”
Philip Engström, Kenny Vähäkari, Jason Martin, Martin Bergquist

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Terra Nova
Thomas Battistetti, Mélanie Geley, Mickael Le Mezo, Guillaume Hoarau

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
First Man
Paul Lambert, Kevin Elam, Tristan Myles, Ian Hunter, JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, “Pilot”
Erik Henry. Matt Robken, Bobo Skipper, Deak Ferrand, Pau Costa

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Sabine Laimer, Tim Walker, Tobias Wiesner, Massimo Pasquetti

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue
David Wahlberg, Douglas Roshamn, Sofie Ljunggren, Fredrik Lönn

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Apple; Welcome Home
Michael Ralla, Steve Drew, Alejandro Villabon, Peter Timberlake

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Ready Player One; New York Race
Daniele Bigi, Edmund Kolloen, Mathieu Vig, Jean-Baptiste Noyau

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Childish Gambino’s Pharos
Keith Miller, Alejandro Crawford, Thelvin Cabezas, Jeremy Thompson

matthewgrobar February 5, 20197:34 pm

The 17th Annual VES Awards are up and running, but the sound in the press room is not

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VES Executive Director Eric Roth is now paying tribute to the night’s honorees including Chris Meledandri of Illumination Entertainment, and Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

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Roth is discussing “new code of conduct” adapted in the guild this past year. 

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“We now have about 4000 VES members in 39 countries, so we’ve got the world covered.”

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The word of the year is “archives.” “It’s legacy time, folks. If we don’t see our history now, we’re  going to lose it forever.”

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Roth is discussing an upcoming multi-year archival initiative, “to capture the full richness of our craft”

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“How does that sound, huh?” Big applause in the room

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Roth is now bringing up our host, Patton Oswalt. “So you know, backstage, he’s the sweetest guy around. Really. Until he sort of comes out here and kicks me in the butt. But that’s ok.”

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Here Oswalt comes:

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“Eric, oh. Eric Roth, ladies and gentleman. A dynamo, the human dynamo.”

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Oswalt: “Folks, Roger Ebert once said that you cannot argue a man out of a boner or a laugh, but he never met Eric Roth.” To applause in the room. “He’s almost done rendering. Yeah, I knew that joke would work in this room.”

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Oswalt: “Welcome, alcoholic shut-ins”

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“It’s the one [society] that says we don’t give a sh*t what’s in your Twitter feed as long as you work for scale.”

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Oswalt: “This was a great year of course for a certain hideous monster intent on destroying the universe. But hey, the State of the Union address is already over.”

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Oswalt: “That’s the only Trump joke I have tonight”—to audible boos

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Oswalt calls Trump administration “an 18 wheeler full of monkeys and PCP that has crashed into a train full of diarrhea.”

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“The VES Awards are now 17 years old. Just on the cusp for Brian Singer.” Whoah. 

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Groans. “Are there Bryan Singer fans in the house?”

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“Who doesn’t want to see a version of ‘Red Sonja’ starring the lead singer of Hansen?”

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Oswalt suggests VFX geniuses should green screen a wall along the border, to save us all the trouble. 

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“Seriously, if you did that he would totally buy it.”

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Oswalt: “All the amazing worlds you guys created, the horrifying, violent dystopia of Fury Road. The urban decay of Blade Runner 2049. And the nonstop killing and monstrousness of Game of Thrones. Any of those worlds, I would happily escape into at this point.”

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Oswalt notes this is his sixth year hosting VES Awards. He loves what they do–and they love him.

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Oswalt praises artists in the room for “honing reality sharper and more gorgeous than we ever imagined it.” 

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While his torso looks like Walter Matthau’s face, every week on AP Bio, he says.

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Oswalt makes joke that Golden Globes take place in the same exact room, except this show is only watched by those in the room

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“In other words, just like the Golden Globes”

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Presenter Mike Chambers is out to intro first award

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Celebrating growth of VFX outside traditional realms of entertainment – In other words, for Special Venue Projects

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Patton Oswalt is hosting the VES Awards for an eighth time.

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And we have our first winners:

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Childish Gambino’s Pharos
Keith Miller, Alejandro Crawford, Thelvin Cabezas, Jeremy Thompson

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It’s a long road to the acceptance stage. Just getting there now

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“Holy guacamole. Thank you very much to the Visual Effects Society. Thank you to the rest of our team for the incredible work you put into this, and thank you to WETA for being the best collaborators you could ever ask for.” — Alejandro Crawford, Childish Gambino’s Pharos

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20197:57 pm

Donald Glover certainly is no stranger to awards shows,, and his Childish Gambino alter ego is up for five Grammys on Sunday.

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Better get that tux pressed, Donnie.

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Second winner, and things are moving now.

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Childish Gambino already has one a Grammy and this year’s noms giove him an even dozen.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Ready Player One; New York Race
Daniele Bigi, Edmund Kolloen, Mathieu Vig, Jean-Baptiste Noyau

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“It’s an honor to be here tonight. Thanks to everybody that voted for us. I have to thank many people, like Roger [Guyett, VFX supervisor].” Team is discussing groundbreaking crowd-creation techniques used in post on film.

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“Let’s continue on doing what we do best – that is, always innovate technology and creativity.”

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For our interview with Ready Player One VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, published just today, click here

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ star Sydney Sweeney is on stage to intro the next category

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WINNER: 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Apple; Welcome Home
Michael Ralla, Steve Drew, Alejandro Villabon, Peter Timberlake

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This is one remarkable commercial, directed by Spike Jonze. One to watch. 

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“We’re honored to be here tonight, and it’s incredible to witness. All the work nominated tonight is stellar, across all categories. It’s amazing to share this with my friends and colleagues.” – Michael Ralla 

matthewgrobar February 5, 20198:06 pm

Sweeney is now presenting for compositing in a photoreal episode. Her own series, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ is up for the prize here.

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:06 pm

Take 2:

Tonight’s career honorees include the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri.

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Formidable competition in such series as ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘Lost in Space,’ and ‘Silicon Valley.’

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That AI created for Silicon Valley was a blast. Show continues to be strong, a number of seasons in.

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The VES Visionary Award to Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan, and the VES Award for Creative Excellence to Game of Thrones masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

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WINNER: 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue
David Wahlberg, Douglas Roshamn, Sofie Ljunggren, Fredrik Lönn

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‘Lost in Space’ was also nominated for an Emmy this past season for VFX. 

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Lost in Space comes into the show leading all TV programs with five nominations.

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Big category here, first feature category of the night. Who will emerge victorious?

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Nominees include ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’  ‘First Man,’ ‘Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,’ and ‘Welcome to Marwen’

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WINNER:

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Sabine Laimer, Tim Walker, Tobias Wiesner, Massimo Pasquetti

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:12 pm

First win for tonight’s most-nominated film. 

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“We had so much fun working on this movie. Thanks to Marvel and the production team for having our backs. Thanks for letting us do what we’re good at. I thought about bringing my baby up here tonight, but she’s fast asleep upstairs, but I just wanted to say it’s a great opportunity to have a baby and also be successful [in work.” – Sabine Laimer, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:14 pm

Infinity War was the top-grossing movie of 2018 internationsaly with $2.048 billion. That’s good for No. 4 all time.

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Actor Allen Leech is up now as a presenter. He recently portrayed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’s own Yoko, Paul Prenter.

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But it was second to Black Panther’s $700 million domestically last year.

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Re Leech in Bohemian Rhapsody: Every movie has a villian.

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Even — if not especially — rock biopics.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, “Pilot”
Erik Henry. Matt Robken, Bobo Skipper, Deak Ferrand, Pau Costa

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“Thank you. These were such great nominations, and we’re in great company so I’m very happy to be up here.” – Erik Henry. Among others, he pays tribute to showrunner Carlton Cuse

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Allen is back, with the feature category

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But this definitely is no night at the opera

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Interesting category here. ‘Bird Box’ up against ‘Outlaw King,’ ‘First Man’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ’12 Strong.’

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Let’s hope the winner isn’t blindfolded

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Speaking of which…

WINNER:

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

First Man
Paul Lambert, Kevin Elam, Tristan Myles, Ian Hunter, JD Schwalm

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:21 pm

As we digest tonight’s State of the Union address (or not), let’s remember that the moon landing was 50 years ago this July.

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“I have to thank Damien Chazelle for taking us on this amazing journey.” Team recognizes contributions of all remarkable craft departments, as well as NASA. “We couldn’t have done this without NASA.”

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While arguably underserved at this year’s Oscars, ‘First Man’ scored 4 Oscar noms, with Visual Effects being one of the 4 categories

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Now, we celebrate this year’s nominees and “your future peers” in the Student VFX category

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Let’s see if the winners can look up from their phones long enough to hear their names called.

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OK, that was kinda cheap. I withdraw the joke, your honor.

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Oh boy, Erik. 

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Terra Nova
Thomas Battistetti, Mélanie Geley, Mickael Le Mezo, Guillaume Hoarau

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:25 pm

And get off my lawn, Matt!

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I loved Clint Eastwood’s latest.

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I’m just glad you kids tonight know who Clint Eastwood is…

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The future is looking bright tonight at the Hilton.

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Oswalt: “I’ve been hosting this show for so long that the student filmmakers who won six years ago are just getting jobs for ‘good exposure.'”

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:26 pm

Ha.

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Oswalt: “All I did in college was get high and listen to the Beastie Boys”

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Up next, who just did “the best episode of ‘Drunk History’ I’ve ever seen”…

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Evan Rachel Wood, of ‘Westworld’ fame.

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“That was the best intro,” she laughs, composing herself.

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Honoring series co-crrator Jonathan Nolan, behind “a once-in a lifetime character I really love to play.”

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Alfonso Cuaron was a past recipient of upcoming award

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“Innovators like Jonathan create film and television that expand our minds and challenge our perception of our world.”

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Honoree – Visionary Award:

Jonathan Nolan, Westworld

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This one’s from earlier, but I couldn’t resist posting it here:

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Nolan: “Wow. The Visionary Award, also known as the last nail in your coffin. Its all over, folks. I hope you enjoyed it. I want to thank every single artist in here – I’ve probably worked with each of you on Season 2 of ‘Westworld.'”

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Nolan: “My first job in the industry was in visual effects. I was 3 months old.” – Growing up shooting home video with brother Christopher Nolan

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:34 pm

Here’s what, VES Board Chair Mike Chambers said about Nolan: “Jonathan has an innate sense of how to use visual effects intelligently to bring his creative visions to life. As a major force in film and television, he has written, produced, directed and contributed to some of the most compelling and unforgettable narratives in filmed entertainment.”

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Nolan: “We grew up together idolizing filmmakers like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg who were as excited about visual effects as any other part of the production. So it’s extraordinary for me to be [honored here]. This is the club I always wanted to join. I would love to thank my incredible partner in all things, Lisa [Joy]; my brother Chris…JJ Abrams, also not here – Star Wars. Dan and David for setting the bar in television, and continuing to raise it higher and higher every year.”

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Nolan thanks VFX supervisor Jay Worth who was asked to “shoot in Pasadena and make it look like India,” among many other major accomplishments. “You take all of our terrible, impossible ideas and make them [possible.”

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The “Created Environments” artists are up next. 

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That would mean rewriting Jan & Dean history: “It’s the Little Old Lady from Calcutta.”

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Doesn’t have quite the same punch.

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WINNER:

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

Lost in Space, “Pilot; Impact Area”
Philip Engström, Kenny Vähäkari, Jason Martin, Martin Bergquist

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Lost in Space is doing well tonight so far.

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That’s two for Netflix’s series remake. 

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“It’s such a rare experience to wake up in the morning and go to work on things that you love.”

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“It’s such a rare experience to wake up in the morning and go to work on things that you love.”

— Everyone at Deadline

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WINNER:

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man; Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City
Terry Park, Bret St. Clair, Kimberly Liptrap, Dave Morehead

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Ha!

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Spider-Man has been a favorite this season, catching many in its web. It won a Golden Globe on the road to Oscar

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That’s the first of four nominations for Spider-Verse. At this point, the other Oscar nominees for animated feature might as well save on tux rental.

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Then again, it’s an honor just to be nominated…

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“If you’ve ever looked through a book of concept art and stopped on an image and said, ‘Why can’t that be a film? I want to see that film,’ we got to make that film, and that absolutely would not have happened without a production company that was willing to take the risk.”

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Some pretty outstanding innovation in this film, blending 2D and 3D techniques and comic book textures

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Nothing wrong with self-congratulation on a big win:

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For our interview with Spidey producers, mavericks Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, click here

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:49 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
Mert Yamak, Stanley Wong, Joana Garrido, Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu

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What does this suggest for Oscar? ‘Ready Player’ cleaning up tonight 

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If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the price of a ticket and popcorn just for that sequence at the Overlook Hotel

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For the folks following us here, please feel free to play along by posting in the comments section. I can take your heat for the bad jokes…

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Here’sssss Oscar?

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“We love our mothers.” – Ready Player One team

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Oswalt: “Oh my god, we are 1/32nd through the show, folks. We are zipping right along.” He thanks Spidey team for creating “sweat pants, pizza gut Spider-Man.”

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:51 pm

Ready Player One certainly is being honored tonight, but it was something of a box office disappointment at $ 137.7 million domestic. That was 24th for 2018.

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Suzanne Cryer out presenting now. Fantastic on ‘Silicon Valley’

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Laurie Bream…magnificent.

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20198:52 pm

RP1 did bank $582.9 million worldwide, however, so take that last comment with a dash of salt.

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She cracked a corny joke and is taking the heat. “I have three kids,” she says.

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Way to rain on the parade Erik

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America First?

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See: Oswalt’s earlier comments

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This guy visited the Annies podium more than once on Saturday:

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“If you guys don’t come up, Im giving it to ‘Marwen,'” the actress jokes. Still running up there

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Age of Sail
John Kahrs, Kevin Dart, Cassidy Curtis, Theresa Latzko

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“Thank you so much, we did not expect this. Thank you to Google Stories, amazing supporters of this project.” 

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‘Age of Sail’ was a hot Oscar entrant in Animated Short but did not make the final cut.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Mortal Engines; London
Matthew Sandoval, James Ogle, Nick Keller, Sam Tack

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Now from ‘Westworld,’ and also presenting, James Marsden

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OK, we won’t address box office for Mortal Engines.

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We’re past the halfway mark in terms of hardware.

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Marsden is so in awe of the noms’ abilities, he thinks perhaps they could take on real-world climate change, instead of just effects simulations. Perhaps.

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WINNER:

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

Altered Carbon
Philipp Kratzer, Daniel Fernandez, Xavier Lestourneaud, Andrea Rosa

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Here, ‘Lost in Space’ could not win out. ‘Altered Carbon,’ also exceptional, and (should) have been Emmy nominated.

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20199:07 pm

WINNER:

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ian Farnsworth, Pav Grochola, Simon Corbaux, Brian D. Casper

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Spidey continues its streak

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Something of a dark horse at the Oscars this year, the pic could well win over favorite in the category, ‘Incredibles 2.’ Solid year for animation, all around.

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20199:11 pm

Surprisingly, The Grinch was the No. 2 toon at the domestic box office in 2018, finishing seventh overall.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Gerardo Aguilera. Ashraf Ghoniem, Vasilis Pazionis, Hartwell Durfor

Erik Pedersen February 5, 20199:13 pm

Avengers joins Ready Player One as the only double winners from the big screen thus far.

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The team offers their thanks to Weta and their excellent VFX supervisors there. Effects artist tears up on stage, trying to get through his speech. “I want to dedicate this award to my dad, Edmundo, that passed away this past August. This was the last project he watched that I worked on. Thanks Dad, for putting me in this position, that I can be up here accepting this award.”

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Uh oh. Surprise presenter….

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Oswalt: “Please show the proper respect and fear.”

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A man in a Gru mask? “My name is Gru, and I’m here tonight to honor a man near and dear to my heart, Mr. Chris Meledandri. Hello Chris. I am pretending i can see you. I can’t read the damn prompter.” – Gru, Despicable Me franchise

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“One of the things I didn’t anticipate was that I wouldn’t be able to breathe.” The mask comes off – it’s Steve Carell! He throws mask into the room. “And you may sell that off on eBay for $5.”

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Carell: “Applaud for him!”

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Carell: “And maybe, a standing ovation, a little bit?” 

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Carell: “In such a cynical time we’re at now in history, he’s a purveyor of joy, and the world is better for it.” – And now, a clip reel honoring Illumination’s Chris Meledandri. 

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Honoree – Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Meledandri, Illumination Entertainment 

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Cue standing ovation. 

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Some photos you just gotta share:

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Meledandri: “Thank you very much. A lifetime achievement award, in my mind, i’m way too young for a lifetime achievement award. But then again in my mind, I’m forever 25 and have a full head of flowing hair. Thank you to the VES. I’m sitting here just in awe of the work I’m seeing tonight. Steve, thank you for your kind words. We started working together 15 years ago, we’re working on our 6th film together, and your talent never ceases to astonish me. I grew up in New York City and had parents who loved cinema, didnt much care for babysitters, and took me to see Easy Rider when I was 9 years old. But then a few years later I entered a cavernous space watching flickering light illuminate ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Kubrick had transported us into the realm of imagination and had allowed us to suspend disbelief in a manner not previously possible. My sense of wonder was ignited, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since. In high school I became interested in theater. My mother told me producers create a stage on which creative people come together to tell that story; I took that literally, and started constructing sets, and now 40 years later, the nature of the stage has changed. But I’m still providing the opportunity to provide support for artists who bring wonder to audiences.”

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Meledandri recalls seeing Orson Welles in person and realizing he was in a place where “the line between reality and [fantasy] were often blurred.”

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Joking about early work on “sh*tty films,” he recalled working at Fox and watching a scene where cockroaches perform Busbee Berkeley numbers.” Studio was Blue Sky, and he got involved with them, after finding himself enthralled. 

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Meledandri: “Every time I see life breathed into a new character, or environment, or what promises to be dynamic action, I feel the chills I felt watching ‘2001.’” 

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Meledandri: On Illumination’s beginnings, on leaving Fox – “We would support people based on talent and ideas, not based on their track records. So here we are, 9 films later, with a company where every film has been directed by someone who started with us, never having previously directed a feature animated film. I stand here as a representative of all the extraordinary people with whom I’ve worked. Illumination may have started as a dream bouncing in my head, but it’s been [brought to life] by my amazing team. The single most important moment in my career was asking the exceptional Janet Healy to come work with me. She has been invaluable.”

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Meledandri: “Every day we all join in a noble mission. We contribute our creativity and craft to bring joy into the lives of audiences. That joy has the potential to unite people of all ages and cultures. That is wonder, and that is what we all do together. And while it can be experienced on many different screens, none [compares] to that majestic silver screen where we all began our journey.”

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And now, nominee and presenter Brad Bird of Incredibles 2

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Naturally, presenting categories of animated character in various forms

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WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space; Humanoid
Chad Shattuck, Paul Zeke, Julia Flanagan, Andrew McCartney

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Another win for Lost in Space

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Props to Netflix

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After three more animated character awards, we get to the Big 4 of Outstanding Visual Effects in commercials, animated feature, photoreal episode and photoreal feature.

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Make that two more…

WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

Volkswagen; Born Confident; Bam
David Bryan, Chris Welsby, Fabian Frank, Chloe Dawe

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Longggg walk to stage

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Thomas Middleditch of ‘Silicon Valley’ presenting

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Here’s the winning VW ad:

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Middleditch: “Yes, hello. There are many Gilfoyles here. Yes, I get it. One of us.” Referring to the beloved techie curmudgeon played by Martin Starr. Often at odds with Kumail Nanjiani’s Dinesh

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I will NOT stand still while Guilfoyle is bashed in public! 

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An-ar-chy! An-ar-chy!

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WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Jan Philip Cramer, Darren Hendler, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

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“First of all we want to thank Josh Brolin for giving us the perfect villain.” Understatement there.

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DESTROYER OF WORLDS.

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Next is the big one

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Animated character in an ANIMATED feature

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Middleditch relished the opportunity to play a “talking pile of poo.” Quite memorable, Emoji Movie. Talking up the perks of voice acting

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WINNER:

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales
Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa, Julie Bernier Gosselin

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Miles Morales is a character with a massive following. His time on the big screen has been a long time coming. 

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Here to present the last big non-category honorees, Jimmy Kimmel

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Kimmel: “I know you guys missed the State of the Union because you’re here tonight. I saw it and I have good news: Everything is going great. Trump talked more about aliens tonight than Sigourney Weaver and now he’s back in his tanning booth eating an Arby’s beef and cheddar.”

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Kimmel: “It’s a show that I love, that changed the way we think of television and raised the bar 10 notches and answered the question, ‘Can I masturbate to dragons?’ with a resounding, ‘Yes I can.’ But none of it would be possible without great visual effects. Well it would be possible, but it would be harder.”

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Kimmel: “Everywhere you go, you hear people saying, ‘When the f*ck is it coming back already? Jesus.'” – on GoT fan base

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Exciting things to come in the HBO series’ upcoming final season.

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Season recap: Direwolves and burning zombie bears, oh my!

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Honorees – Creative Excellence Award
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
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Weiss: “Thank you, Jimmy. Thank you Jonah for the lovely words you spoke earlier. It feels great to be up here so vindicated. Does anyone ever give David and I due credit for the contributions we’ve made in the fields of compositing, or real-time simulation? Have we ever gotten a single compliment about our groundbreaking algorithms? The way people act it’s almost as if we have nothing to do with these things.”

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Benioff: “You’re taking credit for their work. We didn’t do any of that stuff.”

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Benioff plays tribute to all his post collaborators

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“We write, ‘Dragons fly around and burn sh*t,’ and then they do it all.”

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Weiss: “Uh, we’re winning an award? We must have done something.”

Benioff: “I played Scrabble on my phone…”
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Benioff: Book series was always meant by George R.R. Martin to be unfilmable – but with the help of their vfx team, they’ve made it happen. 

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Keeping it classy

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Oswalt is back: “Folks, we’re going to get through this. Who’s President now?”

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Upcoming presenters: Directors of ‘Avengers: Infinity War,” Anthony and Joe Russo

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*And upcoming Avengers: Endgame

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Quite a star-studded evening, this has been.

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Sticking to the script. No one wants to follow Kimmel.

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano
Kamen Markov, Philip Whalley, Anthony Bloor, Andy Steele

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Joshua Beveridge, Christian Hejnal, Danny Dimian, Bret St. Clair

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“Wow, we really are in a multiverse. We want to share this with all the other nominees; what an amazing time to be in animation. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, those guys pushed us the whole way. They encouraged us to take risks.” — Danny Dimian

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We’re down to the final two categories. Coming to the stage, the legendary Roger Corman!

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Corman: “In worlds that blend the real with the stunning power and versatility of visual effects, it is the particular detail that brings the world to life.”

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That’s a sweep of its categories for Spidey.

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Corman: “We’ve come a long way since I started 60 years ago with guys in a suit.”

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WINNER:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space, “Danger, Will Robinson”
Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson, Joao Sita

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Team thanks the “endless enthusiasm” of Netflix

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Final category of the night approaches.

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Who will win for VFX in a photoreal feature?

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And the big winner is…

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War
Daniel DeLeeuw, Jen Underdahl, Kelly Port, Matt Aitken, Daniel Sudick

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Pretty solid night for the ‘Avengers’ team, who saw 4 wins out of 6 possible. “Wow, this is amazing. Thank you so much, to the members of VES, everyone here. I’d like to thank all the other nominees, the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony. All those years, they gave me a chance a while ago and it’s been a great ride.” 

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2600 vfx shots crafted for the film

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Will Avengers  go all the way to Oscar this month? We’ll have to wait and see, but the film is emerging as a strong contender in VFX. 

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That’s a wrap for Deadline’s live blog of the 2019 VES Awards. Catch the full story here.

VES Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Wins Top Prize; ‘Spider-Verse’ Sweeps Toon Categories – Winners List

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Oswalt: “Roger Corman was just here? Holy sh*t! Roger Corman is our Gandalf. What an amazing night. And let me just say before I send you back to your cubicles to work, I’m really looking forward to coming back next year. I really, really hope I come back next year, I want to get ahead of this now. There are some yearbook photos coming out this week. In my defense, I was a huge Clarence Clemons fan and I should have just held a saxophone instead. I hope you’ll forgive me.”

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Thanks for following along, and we’ll see you this weekend for the ASC Awards. Good night.