"The Creator" Scores 5 Wins At VES Awards, Including The Marquee Feature Film Honor
A scene from "The Creator" (20th Century Studios)
"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" earns VFX distinction for an animated feature; "The Last of Us" tops episodic field
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The Visual Effects Society (VES) unveiled the winners at its 22nd VES Awards, the yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Industry guests gathered at The Beverly Hilton hotel to celebrate VFX talent in 25 awards categories and special honorees.  The Creator was named the photoreal feature winner, garnering five awards. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was named top animated film, winning four awards.  The Last of Us was named best photoreal TV episode, winning four awards.  Coca-Cola topped the commercial field. There was a historic tie in the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project category, with honors going to both Rembrandt Immersive Artwork and Postcard From Earth. 

Comedian/actor and master impressionist Jay Pharoah marked his debut as VES Awards host. Award-winning actor-producer Seth MacFarlane presented the VES Award for Creative Excellence to legendary actor-director William Shatner. Award-winning VFX supervisor Richard Hollander, VES presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to pioneering VFX producer Joyce Cox, VES.  

“As we celebrate the 22nd Annual VES Awards, we’re honored to shine a light on outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation,” said VES chair Kim Davidson.  “The honorees and their work represent best-in-class visual effects – work that engages audiences and enhances the art of storytelling. The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding global artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our winners and nominees!”

The winners of the 22nd Annual VES Awards in 25 categories are as follow: 

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE 
The Creator
Jay Cooper
Julian Levi
Ian Comley
Charmaine Chan
Neil Corbould, VES

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Nyad
Jake Braver
Fiona Campbell Westgate
R. Christopher White 
Mohsen Mousavi

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Alan Hawkins
Christian Hejnal
Michael Lasker
Matt Hausman

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
The Last of Us; Season 1; Infected
Alex Wang
Sean Nowlan
Stephen James
Simon Jung
Joel Whist

 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty; Season 2; BEAT LA
Raymond McIntyre Jr.
Victor DiMichina
Javier Menéndez Platas
Damien Stantina

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A REAL-TIME PROJECT
Alan Wake 2
Janne Pulkkinen
Johannes Richter 
Daniel Kończyk 
Damian Olechowski

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A COMMERCIAL
Coca-Cola; Masterpiece
Ryan Knowles
Antonia Vlasto
Gregory McKneally
Dan Yargici

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SPECIAL VENUE PROJECT- TIE (two winners)
Postcard From Earth
Aruna Inversin
Eric Wilson
Corey Turner
William George

Rembrandt Immersive Artwork 
Andrew McNamara
Sebastian Read
Andrew Kinnear
Sam Matthews

 

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3; Rocket
Nathan McConnel
Andrea De Martis
Antony Magdalinidis
Rachel Williams

 

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Spot
Christopher Mangnall
Craig Feifarek
Humberto Rosa
Nideep Varghese

 

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, GAME CINEMATIC OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
The Last of Us; Endure & Survive; Bloater
Gino Acevedo
Max Telfer 
Dennis You
Fabio Leporelli

 

OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
The Creator; Floating Village 
John Seru 
Guy Williams 
Vincent Techer 
Timothée Maron

 

OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Mumbattan City
Taehyun Park
YJ Lee
Pepe Orozco
Kelly Han

 

OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, GAME CINEMATIC OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
The Last of Us: Post-Outbreak Boston
Melaina Mace
Adrien Lambert
Juan Carlos Barquet
Christopher Anciaume

 

OUTSTANDING VIRTUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A CG PROJECT
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Joanna Davison
Cheyana Wilkinson
Michael Cozens
Jason Desjarlais

 

OUTSTANDING MODEL IN A PHOTOREAL OR ANIMATED PROJECT
The Creator; Nomad
Oliver Kane
Mat Monro
Florence Green
Serban Ungureanu

 

OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
The Creator
Ludovic Ramisandraina
Raul Essig 
Mathieu Chardonnet 
Lewis Taylor

 

OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Pav Grochola
Filippo Maccari
Naoki Kato
Nicola Finizio

 

OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, GAME CINEMATIC OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
The Mandalorian; Season 3; Lake Monster Attack Water
Travis Harkleroad
Florian Witzel
Rick Hankins
Aron Bonar

 

OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN A FEATURE
The Creator; Bar 
Phil Prates 
Min Kim 
Nisarg Suthar 
Toshiko Miura

 

OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN AN EPISODE
The Last of Us; Endure and Survive; Infected Horde Battle
Matthew Lumb
Ben Roberts
Ben Campbell 
Quentin Hema

 

OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN A COMMERCIAL
Coca-Cola; Masterpiece
Ryan Knowles
Greg Mckneally
Taran Spear
Jordan Dunstall

 

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL (PRACTICAL) EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL PROJECT
Oppenheimer 
Scott Fisher 
James Rollins 
Mario Vanillo

 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The Flash; Volumetric Capture
Stephan Trojansky
Thomas Ganshorn
Oliver Pilarski
Lukas Lepicovsky

 

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A STUDENT PROJECT (AWARD SPONSORED BY AUTODESK)
Silhouette 
Alexis Lafuente
Antoni Nicolaï 
Chloé Stricher 
Elliot Dreuille

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