VES Awards: ‘Jungle Book’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dominate VFX Honors – Winners List

By Matt Grobar, Erik Pedersen

Walt Disney Studios

Score it Rogue One, trophies zero. The Jungle Book was the big winner tonight at the 15th annual VES Awards, taking five trophies including in the marquee category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. But perhaps the bigger news is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which came into the ceremony with a leading seven nominations, went home empty-handed.

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Visual Effects Society

The winner of the Visual Effects Society’s top film award has gone on to score the Visual Effects Oscar nine out of 14 times. But the past two VES champs – last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2015’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – both lost the Academy Award.

Speaking of Force Awakens, it cruised to a leading four wins at last year’s VES Awards.

Deepwater Horizon took home hardware it both categories in which it was nominated, joining Moana as the only other films to rack up multiple wins tonight.

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HBO

As has been the case since its first season, HBO’s Game of Thrones clobbered its rivals in the TV categories. This year’s five wins on a leading 11 nominations surpassed 2016’s 4-for-9 performance. And all five tonight were for the epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode.

Politics was kept to a minimum during the awards show at the Beverly Hilton. With that said, let’s move on.

The guild spread the wealth in its toon movie categories, with Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings taking Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature after two wins by Disney’s Moana and one for Disney’Pixar’s box office behemoth Finding Dory.

“Buster the Boxer,” a Christmas advert for UK’s John Lewis, swept the commercials categories, winning all three it was up for.

Ken Ralston VES Awards Lifetime Achievement Award

The guild gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Ken Ralston, a four-time VFX Oscar winner for Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cocoon. A veteran of the original Star Wars trilogy, he also received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy in 1984 for Return of the Jedi. “In my head, I’m still that 14-year-old animating creatures in his parent’s garage,” he said tonight. “There are so many inspirations.”

 

The VES Visionary Award went to Victoria Alonso, who was a VFX producer on Iron Man and then began producer Marvel films including the Avengers, Thor, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises. “Around the office, we like to call her a wolf mother,” Taika Waititi said before presenting the award. “She also is a big hugger.”

Victoria Alonso VES Awards Visionary AwardSaid Alonso: “Every single person here has given it all they’ve got, and all they’ve got is all we need. But one thing I want to remind us: At the bakeoff, there were 40 nominees. There wasn’t one girl. Tonight, there’s about 43 girls. We can do better. I know we can. We can only do better if you consider the possibilities. You have to consider it. You have to look in your rooms, and you have to look at your teams and say: ‘Have we looked around enough? Do we have that balance? Why is it that you won’t let us in?’ I’d say give it a shot.”

Check out our archived live blog below. And here is the complete list of winners at the 15th annual VES Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
The Jungle Book       
Robert Legato
Joyce Cox
Andrew R. Jones
Adam Valdez
JD Schwalm

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings   
Travis Knight
Arianne Sutner
Steve Emerson
Brad Schiff

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards
Joe Bauer
Steve Kullback
Glenn Melenhorst
Matthew Rouleau
Sam Conway

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         
Diarmid Harrison-Murray
Hannah Ruddleston
Fabian Frank
William Laban

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
The Jungle Book; King Louie           
Paul Story
Dennis Yoo
Jack Tema
Andrei Coval

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature
Finding Dory; Hank  
Jonathan Hoffman
Steven Clay Hunter
Mark Piretti
Audrey Wong

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial
John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         
Tim van Hussen
David Bryan
Chloe Dawe
Maximillian Mallman

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Drogon           
James Kinnings
Michael Holzl
Matt Derksen
Joeseph Hoback

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Doctor Strange; New York City       
Adam Watkins
Martijn van Herk
Tim Belsher
Jon Mitchell

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Moana; Motonui Island      
Rob Dressel
Andy Harkness
Brien Hindman
Larry Wu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City
Deak Ferrand
Dominic Daigle
François Croteau 
Alexandru Banuta

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Uncharted 4               
Bruce Straley
Eben Cook
Iki Ikram

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
The Jungle Book; Nature Effects    
Oliver Winwood
Fabian Nowak
David Schneider
Ludovic Ramisandraina

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Moana           
Marc Henry Bryant
David Hutchins
Ben Frost
Dale Mayeda

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City
Thomas Hullin
Dominik Kirouac
James Dong
Xavier Fourmond

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
The Jungle Book
Bill Pope
Robert Legato
Gary Roberts
John Brennan

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure          
Bill George
Amy Jupiter
Hayden Landis
David Lester

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Deepwater Horizon; Deepwater Horizon Rig        
Kelvin Lau
Jean Bolte
Kevin Sprout
Kim Vongbunyong

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Breaking Point          
Johannes Franz
Nicole Rothermel
Thomas Sali
Alexander Richter

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
The Jungle Book       
Christoph Salzmann
Masaki Mitchell
Matthew Adams
Max Stummer

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         
Tom Harding
Alex Snookes
David Filipe
Andreas Feix

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell  
Dominic Hellier
Morgan Jones
Thijs Noij
Caleb Thompson

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Deepwater Horizon
Craig Hammack
Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Jason Snell
John Galloway
Burt Dalton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XX           
Erik Henry
Terron Pratt
Aladino Debert
Yafei Wu
Paul Stephenson

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