The Visual Effects Society held the 20th Annual VES Awards on March 8, recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in: film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues. This marks the Society’s 20th VES Awards program, celebrated during the organization’s milestone 25th anniversary.
Industry guests gathered at The Beverly Hilton celebrated VFX talent in 25 awards categories. Dune was named the photoreal feature winner, garnering four awards. Encanto was named top animated film, also winning four awards. Foundation (The Emperor’s Peace) was named best photoreal episode. Sheba (Hope Reef) topped the commercial field with two wins.
Jim Morris, VES, President of Pixar Animation and founding VES Chair, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement award to Executive Vice President/ 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 Awardnominated director Denis Villeneuve; actors Alfred Molina, Tawny Newsome, Mouzam Makkar, Emma Caulfield Ford and Deborah Cox. Eric Bourque, Autodesk’s Senior Director of Engineering, Media & Entertainment, presented the Autodesk Student Award.
“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 esteemed colleagues, 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!”