Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune (Warner Bros. Pictures) scored four wins at the Visual Effects Society Awards, including the marquee honor for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. Dune additionally topped the Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project, Effects Simulation in a Photoreal Feature, and Compositing & Lighting in a Feature categories.
Also coming up big during the VES Awards’ in-person ceremony held on Tuesday evening (3/8) at the Beverly Hilton was Encanto (Disney) which tallied four wins, most notably for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature. The other three Encanto wins came for Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature (for the creation of Mirabel Madrigal), Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature (Antonio’s Room), and for Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project (Encanto’s “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”).
The top TV honor went to Foundation (Apple TV+) for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode (“The Emperor’s Peace”). Foundation also won in an effects simulations category (for the Collapse of the Galactic Empire).
Sheba’s “Hope Reef” topped the commercialmaking field with two wins.
The evening’s proceedings marked the Society’s 20th VES Awards program which was celebrated during the organization’s milestone 25th anniversary.
Jim Morris, VES, president of Pixar Animation and founding VES chair, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement award to EVP/general manager of Lucasfilm, Lynwen Brennan. Academy Award-winning VFX pioneer Phil Tippett, VES presented the VES Award for Creative Excellence to Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Presenters also included: Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve; actors Alfred Molina, Tawny Newsome, Mouzam Makkar, Emma Caulfield and Deborah Cox. Eric Bourque, Autodesk’s sr. director of engineering, media & entertainment presented the Autodesk Student Award to the project Green.
“As we celebrate the Society’s 25th Anniversary and 20th Annual VES Awards, we’re honored to keep shining a light on remarkable visual effects artistry and innovation,” said VES chair Lisa Cooke. “In all of our colleagues honored tonight, we see best in class work that elevates the art of storytelling and exemplifies the spirit of adaptation and ingenuity--talents that have kept audiences engaged and uplifted, now, more than ever. 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.”
Here’s a full rundown of the evening’s winners:
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Last Night in Soho
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Thaddeus P. Miller
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
Foundation; "The Emperor’s Peace"
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL EPISODE
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A REAL-TIME PROJECT
Call of Duty: "Vanguard"
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A COMMERCIAL
Sheba; "Hope Reef"
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A SPECIAL VENUE PROJECT
Jurassic World Adventure
Eugénie von Tunzelmann
Maximilian McNair MacEwan
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto; Mirabel Madrigal
Jose Luis “Weecho” Velasquez
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN EPISODE OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
The Witcher; Nivellen the Cursed Man
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A COMMERCIAL
Smart Energy; "Einstein Knows Best"; Albert Einstein
OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Spider-Man: No Way Home; The Mirror Dimension
Eric Le Dieu de Ville
Claire Le Teuff
OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Encanto; Antonio’s Room
Chris Patrick O’Connell
OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
Sheba; "Hope Reef"
OUTSTANDING VIRTUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A CG PROJECT
Encanto; We Don’t Talk about Bruno
Nathan Detroit Warner
OUTSTANDING MODEL IN A PHOTOREAL OR ANIMATED PROJECT
Dune; Royal Ornithopter
OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE
Dune; Dunes of Arrakis
OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE
Raya and the Last Dragon
Le Joyce Tong
OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN EPISODE, COMMERCIAL, OR REAL-TIME PROJECT
Foundation; Collapse of the Galactic Empire
OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN A FEATURE
Dune; Attack on Arrakeen
OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN AN EPISODE
Loki; "Lamentis"; Shuroo City Destruction
OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING & LIGHTING IN A COMMERCIAL
Verizon; "The Reset"
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL (PRACTICAL) EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL PROJECT
OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A STUDENT PROJECT