‘Coco,’ ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top VES Winners

Coco
Coco

The Visual Effects Society presented is 16th VES Awards in LA last night, honoring the year’s best in digital wizardry across a variety of formats in 24 categories. Patton Oswalt took the stage as host for the seventh time, with the year’s presenters including directors Lee Unkrich and Matt Reeves, composer Diane Warren, and actors Jaime Camil, Dan Stevens, Elizabeth Henstridge, Sydelle Noel, Katy Mixon, Gabriel Iglesias and, in a surprise appearance, Mark Hamill.

The year’s big animation winner was Coco, which continues its triumphant march through awards season by winning the Outstanding Visual Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature prizes.

Also receiving four awards was War for the Planet of the Apes, taking the Photoreal Feature prizes for Outstanding Visual Effects, Animated Character, Effects Simulations and Compositing. As previously announced, the Apes franchise VFX supervisor Joe Letteri received the 2018 Georges Méliès Award — presented by producer Jon Landau. Letteri was introduced with four videos features actor Andy Serkis (“Caesar”), Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and James Cameron.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige presented this year’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award to producer, writer and director Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book, upcoming The Lion King).

Outside the theatrical motion picture contenders, HBO’s Game of Thrones scored an impressive five wins for the second year in a row. And Samsung’s aspirational “Do What You Can’t – Ostrich” spot was the top scoring commercial with three awards.

The 16th VES Awards winners follow. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joel Whist

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Dunkirk
Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, Scott Fisher

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Coco
Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, Michael K. O’Brien

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall”
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, Sam Conway

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails “XXIX”
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, Paul Dimmer

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-Sebastien Guay, Ulrich Haar

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Samsung “Do What You Can’t – Ostrich”
Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, Martino Madeddu

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes – Caesar
Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale, Tim Forbes

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco – Hèctor
Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones “The Spoils of War”- Drogon Loot Train Attack
Murray Stevenson, Jason Snyman, Jenn Taylor, Florian Friedmann

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Samsung “Do What You Can’t – Ostrich”
David Bryan, Maximilian Mallmann, Tim Van Hussen, Brendan Fagan

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049 – Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin, Rhys Salcombe, Seungjin Woo, Francesco Dell’Anna

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Coco – City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson, Jamie Hecker, Jonathan Pytko, Dave Strick

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall” – Frozen Lake
Daniel Villalba, Antonio Lado, José Luis Barreiro, Isaac de la Pompa

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Groot Dance/Opening Fight
James Baker, Steven Lo, Alvise Avati, Robert Stipp

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Blade Runner 2049 – LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga, Chris Menges

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
David Caeiro Cebrián, Johnathan Nixon, Chet Leavai, Gary Boyle

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Coco
Kristopher Campbell, Stephen Gustafson, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones “The Dragon and the Wolf” – Wall Destruction
Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, Sylvain Nouveau, Nathan Arbuckle

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
War for the Planet of the Apes
Christoph Salzmann, Robin Hollander, Ben Warner, Beck Veitch

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones “The Spoils of War” – Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier, Thijs Noij, Edwin Holdsworth, Giacomo Matteucci

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Samsung “Do What You Can’t – Ostrich”
Michael Gregory, Andrew Roberts, Gustavo Bellon, Rashabh Ramesh Butani

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Hybrids
Florian Brauch, Romain Thirion, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades

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Coco

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes