Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Wins Five, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Wins Four

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

War for the Planet of the Apes won the top prize–outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature–and three additional trophies for effects simulation, compositing and animated character (Caesar), during the 16th annual Visaul Effects Society Awards, Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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The next question is, will Weta Digital’s accaimed work, which included bringing a cast of CG apes to the screen for an epic finale to Matt Reeves’ trilogy, finally deliver a VFX Oscar.

 

War is nominated for the VFX Oscar alongside Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These are the same films that were nominated in the top VES category. During the VES Awards, Blade Runner 2049 claimed two VES Awards (created environment and model), and Guardians claimed one (virtual cinematography).

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The two prior Apes films, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, also won the top prize at the VES Awards and were also Oscar nominated, but in both cases, a different film won the VFX Oscar. (Rise lost the Oscar to Hugo, and Dawn was bested by Interstellar.) In six of the last 10 year, the winner of the top VES category went on to win the VFX Oscar.

 

War‘s senior VFX supervisor and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri was also the recipient of the society’s Georges Melies Award, which was presented by Oscar winning producer Jon Landau, with whom Letteri worked on Avatar and is now collaborating on the Avatar sequels. Accepting the award, Letteri said, “We have a responsibility to make sure the story and the images that we create reflect our world.” And he called War for the Planet of the Apes a “story about the survival of the human spirit—we just made them look like apes.”

 

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Also at the VES Awards, Game of Thrones won five trophies, the most for any project this year, including oustanding VFX in an episodic series. In animation, Disney/Pixar’s Coco won four prizes, including outstanding VFX in an animated feature.

The complete list of winners follows.

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joel Whist
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, Sam Conway
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, Michael K. O’Brien
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Diarmid Harrison-­Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, Martino Madeddu
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar
Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale, Tim Forbes
Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
David Bryan, Maximilian Mallmann, Tim Van Hussen, Brendan Fagan
Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-­‐Time Project
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack
Murray Stevenson, Jason Snyman, Jenn Taylor, Florian Friedmann
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
David Caeiro Cebrián, Johnathan Nixon, Chet Leavai, Gary Boyle
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Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Coco
Kristopher Campbell, Stephen Gustafson, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-­‐Time Project
Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, Sylvain Nouveau, Nathan Arbuckle
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga, Chris Menges
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-Sebastien Guay, Ulrich Haar
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin, Rhys Salcombe, Seungjin Woo, Francesco Dell’Anna
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Coco; City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson, Jamie Hecker, Jonathan Pytko, Dave Strick

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-­‐Time Project
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Daniel Villalba, Antonio Lado, José Luis Barreiro, Isaac de la Pompa
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Hybrids
Florian Brauch, Romain Thirion, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, Scott Fisher
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, Paul Dimmer
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Salzmann, Robin Hollander, Ben Warner, Beck Veitch

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier, Thijs Noij, Edwin Holdsworth, Giacomo Matteucci
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Michael Gregory, Andrew Roberts, Gustavo Bellon, Rashabh Ramesh Butani
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight
James Baker, Steven Lo, Alvise Avati, Robert Stipp
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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