According to TheWrap.com, the 13th annual event of the Visual Effects Society Awards recently happened at the Beverly Hilton. The awards are given to honor “visual effects excellence on television and in film, with a separation between wholly animated works and mostly live-action projects.” Read on to learn more about it.
The Wrap reported that the nominees for the Outstanding Animated Character category includes “Big Hero 6″ character Baymax and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” star, the ape named Caesar. Aside from the nomination, “Big Hero 6″ also won the animated feature categories, winning gongs for outstanding VFX, animated character, created the environment, effects simulation, and models.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” earned three trophies including the top award for outstanding VFX in a VFX-driven feature. Oscar nominees “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” won two awards, for effects simulation and virtual cinematography while “Interstellar” won one, for created environment.
On the television side, the award-winning organization also awarded “Game of Thrones” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for their overall use of visual effects. On the other hand, “Cosmos: A Space Odyssey” was honored for its “outstanding visual effects simulations.”
Zoe Saldana presented J.J. Abrams with the VES Visionary Award during the ceremony. Receiving a standing ovation, the director told the VFX community that working on Star Wars: The Force Awakens is “an actual childhood dream come true, and has only given me more appreciation for what you do.”
Several news sites reported that the Visual Effects Society Awards have been quite prognostic to the Oscars to be held on Feb 22, 2015 and many publication support this fact.
“It will be up to the full membership of the Academy to decide, but Wednesday night, the visual effects artists themselves had their say at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society Awards,” noted by Hitflix.
“The VES Awards are among the cooler accolades that precede the Oscar awards-orgy every year, especially since the effort and artistry of the visual effects community are so often rewarded with punishing schedules and a lack of recognition elsewhere,” noted I Am Rogue.
It was also reported that five Oscar-nominated movies, which includes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Interstellar,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past, were also nominated.
Four of the five Oscar nominees are nominated in the top VES category of outstanding visual effects in a VFX-driven feature category. The nominees are “Apes,” “Interstellar,” Guardians of the Galaxy, ” “ X-Men, ” “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies ” and ‘Maleficent.” Only exclusion is the Oscar nominee “Captain America.”
Since its inception in 2001 VES Awards winner in the top category has gone on to win the visual affects Oscar 10 of the past 12 times. In 2012, it went to the winner in the category for outstanding supporting visual effects for ‘Hugo.
VES also differed from the Oscar results in 2008, when VES gave its top accolade to “Transformers,” and the Academy Award went to “The Golden Compass,” and in 2005 when the VES trophy was awarded to “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and the Academy award went to “Spider-Man 2. ,”
So the chances of taking home an academy award are brighter for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and “Interstellar.” Keep yours fingers crossed and keep reading as we will keep you updated with all the action at the award circuit. Click here to see the complete list of winners of VES awards.
And that’s it for the 13th Annual Visual Effects Society winners update. For more details coming up about the event, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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