UPDATED with the full list of winners: George Clooney’s Netflix sci-fi thriller The midnight sky, Disney / Pixar animation Soul and the Disney + Star Wars spin-off series The mandalorian were the marquee winners on Tuesday at the 19th Annual VES Awards.
The Visual Effects Society’s annual celebration, which honors the best of the year in film, animation, television, commercials and video games, was hosted as usual by Patton Oswalt (and his green monster alter ego) and featured virtually due to the pandemic.
The well-built and engaging show (let the VFX crews perform during the Zoom of the Year Ceremony) included honorary awards presented to Peter Jackson, who received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award presented by his LOTR starring Cate Blanchett and featuring a tribute featuring Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, James Cameron, and Gollum himself in one of several DIY effects jobs from some of the industry’s best at the craft.
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Jackson, speaking remotely from his outpost in New Zealand, traced the arc of his career that included everything from Tolkien to Kong, referring to himself as “the guy who tries to make the lives of visual effects artists be as difficult as possible. “
Midnight sky, who is also nominated for a visual effects Oscar this year, won two awards tonight, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photorealistic Feature, prevailing in a category that included his fellow Oscar nominee. Beginning from Warner Bros along with other Netflix photos Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, Project Power and HBO Max’s The witches.
The Midnight sky win fit into a year in which four of the five nominees were streaming films in a category that specializes in big-screen and great-effects films. There was very little of that this year with cinemas nearly closed around the world, with just Christopher Nolan’s neck in the mix.
Since the launch of the VES Awards in 2002, the film’s top winner has taken the Visual Effects Oscar in 10 of the last 18 years. Last year, Disney’s The Lion King won the honor of VES but Universal’s 1917 took the Oscar.
Disney + / Lucasfilm’s The mandalorian He entered tonight as the leader of all television shows and films with 13 nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a photorealistic episode, which is considered the highest television honor of the society; the Star Wars spinoff won here twice last year. He earned that honor along with two others. From HBO Lovecraft country He also has two wins on the television side.
Disney / Pixar animation Soul, which topped the film with five total nominations going into the night, swept all of its categories. Project Power also had two victories.
The VES Award for Creative Excellence was presented to Visual Effects Supervisor / Director of Photography Rob Legato, ASC. Legato, who was busy at this event last year accepting the trophy to the big winner from the movie side. The Lion King, was awarded his honor tonight by his Borat Post Movie collaborator Sacha Baron Cohen.
Check out the list below as we update when the winners are announced during the ceremony:
Exceptional visual effects in a photorealistic function
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
Exceptional visual effects in a photorealistic episode
THE MANDALORIAN, The Marshal
Exceptional visual effects in an animated feature
Outstanding visual effects in a commercial
WALMART; Famous Visitors
Chris “Badger” Knight
Exceptional supporting visuals in a photorealistic function
Exceptional supporting visuals in a photorealistic episode
THE CROWN; Gold stick
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photorealistic Feature Film
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN; Ivan
Andrea De Martis
Outstanding animated character in a commercial
ARM AND HAMMER; Once upon a time; Tom tuxedo
Tiago Dias Mota
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Film
Exceptional animated character in an episode or project in real time
THE MANDALORIAN; The Jedi; The child
Exceptional created environment in a photorealistic function
MULAN; Imperial city
Exceptional created environment in an animated feature
SOUL; Your seminar
Exceptional environment created in an episode, a commercial or a project in real time
THE MANDALORIAN; The believer; Morak Jungle
Exceptional effect simulations in a photorealistic function
Yin Lai Jimmy Leung
Jonathan Edward Lyddon-Towl
Exceptional effect simulations in an animated function
Keith daniel klohn
Exceptional effects simulations in an episode, commercial or project in real time
COUNTRY OF LOVECRAFT; Strange case; Chrysalis
Outstanding virtual cinematography in a CG project
Exceptional visual effects in a real-time project
GHOST OF TSUSHIMA
Outstanding model in a photorealistic or animated project
THE MIDNIGHT SKY; Ether
Outstanding visual effects in a student project
Exceptional composition in one function
Exceptional composition in one episode
COUNTRY OF LOVECRAFT; Strange case; Chrysalis
Exceptional composition in a commercial
BURBERRY; Singing in the rain
Exceptional visual effects in a special place project
The Bourne Stuntacular
Outstanding (practical) special effects in a photorealistic or animated project
Fear the undead; Bury her next to Jasper’s leg
Daniel J. Yates
VES Lifetime Achievement Award
VES award for creative excellence
Rob Legato, ASC