The roll call of the VES Award winners for 2013.
Eric Roth had a heart-felt plea for new young people to come into the industry during his opening salvo at the VES Awards this evening. The Visual Effects Society has staged the 11th Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Acclaimed director Ang Lee will be honored with the VES Visionary Award. Richard Edlund ASC, VES will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award during the show.
I have just been watching intently from the other side of the Pacific Ocean. (I love Twitter) and collated the list of winners. In nominated order, here are the results, as they roll in. Big Congrats to all the winners and nominees.
[[I'm not going to spoil it. Scroll down to the end of the show if you want the big awards.]]
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Life of Pi: Richard Parker
Erik De Boer
Betsy Asher Hall
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan
At this point Richard Edlund was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Harrison Ford. Some great quotes were brought out here, including the story that Edlund's hand was the original Thing on The Addam's Family TV series, and that back during the filming of the original Star Wars, he recalls telling the VFX crew that, "these were the good old days."
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Brave: The Forest
Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: Pyke
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
R. Christopher White
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
The Avengers: Helicarrier
Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Life of Pi: Storm of God
Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Michael K. O'Brien
Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: White Walker Army
Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial
Chevy 2012 Silverado
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Life of Pi: Storm of God
Dennis Muren took to the stage at this point and presented Ang Lee with the Visionary Award. This is such a point to remember, with the Storm of God sequence in his movie Life of Pi having just won two big awards, (so far).
Ang Lee came up with some great quotes during his acceptance speech. He was quoted as saying, "I went on to make 'The Hulk' after 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' because I thought I could do anything," and "It's not Visual FX, it's visual art." and "You guys aren't technicians, you're artists." Very true.
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis
Andy Serkis is up in front of a room full of high-end animators. Very gracious and complimentary.
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Pau Costa Moeller
And now Naomi Watts is up there to present the two final awards for this evening.... here they come...
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Life of Pi
Donald R. Elliott
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