Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Visual Effects Society winners

Not a lot of love spread at the VES honours last night, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens took four prizes (two for the Millenium Falcon chase alone) and The Revenant three (two for the bear sequence alone), leaving but a single consolatory win for presumed Oscar frontrunner Mad Max: Fury Road (for its sandstorm). Granted, the prominence of stunts and in-camera effects was always going to make Mad Max a tough sell with the guild, but this doesn't help.
I've been wondering if this is the year the Academy finally bucks the trend of always opting for a Best Picture nominee in this category given the chance. There are three of them up for the VFX Oscar after all (Mad Max, The Martian and The Revenant), and split allegiances could create a perfect storm for Star Wars to speed up through middle. This seems the natural place the recognize it for its record-breaking box office. As in many craft categories, I'm waiting for BAFTA to shed some light.

On the animated side of things, the VES finally, for the first time I can remember, didn't give all four prizes to the same movie. The Good Dinosaur won three (which, quite frankly, it deserved), but they threw a bone to Inside Out for the beautifully expressive character animation of Joy. Good call.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“The Revenant”

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
“The Revenant” — The Bear

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
“The Revenant” — Bear Attack

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Falcon Chase/Graveyard

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Falcon Chase/Graveyard

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — BB-8

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
“Mad Max: Fury Road” — Toxic Storm

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur”

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature
“Inside Out” — Joy

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur” — The Farm

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur”

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