The Visual Effects Society held the 21st Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.
Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host for the 10th time to the nearly 1,200 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on February 15, 2023 to celebrate VFX talent in 25 awards categories.
Avatar: The Way of Water was named the Photoreal feature winner, garnering nine awards. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was named top Animated film, winning three awards. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was named best Photoreal episode, winning three awards. Frito-Lay: Push It topped the Commercial field.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron presented the VES Lifetime Achievement award to acclaimed writer-producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The Society’s current and former Board Chairs presented the VES Board of Directors Award to former Executive Director Eric Roth. The group included Lisa Cooke, current VES Chair; Jim Morris, VES, President of Pixar Animation and founding VES Chair; and former Chairs Jeffrey A. Okun, VES; Mike Chambers, VES; Carl Rosendahl, VES; and Jeff Barnes.
Award presenters included: Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Rian Johnson, Academy-Award-winning filmmaker Domee Shi; actors Jay Pharoah, Tyler Posey, Randall Park, Angela Sarafyan, Bashir Salahuddin, Josh McDermitt and Danny Pudi. Dara Treseder, Autodesk’s Chief Marketing Officer, presented the VES-Autodesk Student Award.
For the first time, the VES presented The Emerging Technology Award, with the recipient being Avatar: The Way of Water; Water Toolset.