Thursday, February 5, 2015

VES Makes Right Call on Apes, Over-praises Big Hero 6

The Visual Effects Society declared its superlatives for the 2014 year in film last night, and the big victor was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, taking home three trophies including the top prize of Best Visual Effects in an Effects-Driven Film. Can't argue with that assessment, although the Academy might. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was similarly successful with the guild on 2012, only to be pipped by the prestige veneer of Hugo. Interstellar -- which won a single VES Award for its awesome Tesseract -- seems like it's in a position to pull off a similar coup.

"Apes at VES... strong. Apes at Academy... weak."

Other feature film winners include Birdman for supporting fx (easy call), and X-Men: Days of Future Past picking up two awards for the dazzling work in that kitchen sequence.

On the animated side of things, the group continued their maddening pattern of handing all four applicable categories to the same film, the beneficiary being
Big Hero 6. Look, it had really cool simulation effects animation and certainly deserved to win something (namely, that character animation category which it should have won at the ANNIES), but the work in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls is equally impressive. Seriously, when was the last time the VES spread the wealth in these categories? I'm struggling to think of a year when there wasn't a sweeper.

Check out all the winners after the cut.



Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Birdman

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Big Hero 6

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Caesar

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Big Hero 6 - Baymax

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Interstellar - Tesseract

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Big Hero 6 - Into the Portal

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live Action Motion Media Project
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Kitchen Scene

Outstanding Models in any Motion Media Project
Big Hero 6 - City of San Fransokyo

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver Pentagon Kitchen

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Big Hero 6

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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  2. Apes should primed to win the Oscar now, especially since there's no Best Picture nominee in the bunch, which would normally seal the category
    (as much as the Rise of the Planet of the Apes crowd from 2011 refused to admit).

    I, for one, approve of the BH6 love. I'm in the Kaguya wagon, but I'd rather see BH6 win the Oscar over HTTYD2.

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  3. Now, I wouldn't say it's a lock, but I think 'Dawn' is in a stronger position to win right now. VES win, Critics Choice win, possible BAFTA win. The latter could be a turning point for sure though...

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