‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Kubo’ Top VES Honors

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It was a good night for The Jungle Book and Game of Thrones, with each winning five categories at the 15th annual VES Awards held Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Jungle Book won five of the six awards it was nominated for, shutting out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which lead features with six nominations. Deepwater Horizon won two awards in the photoreal feature categories.

In animation, the awards were spread around a bit more, with LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings winning best effects in an animated featured, while Disney’s Moana won two honors and Pixar’s Finding Dory won one.

The full list of winners follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature:

The Jungle Book | Robert Legato, Joyce Cox, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature:

Deepwater Horizon | Craig Hammack, Petra Holtorf-Stratton, Jason Snell, John Galloway, Burt Dalton

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature:

Kubo and the Two Strings | Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner, Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode:

Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” | Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Matthew Rouleau, Sam Conway

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode:

Black Sails, “XX” | Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Aladino Debert, Yafei Wu, Paul Stephenson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project:

Uncharted 4 | Bruce Straley, Eben Cook, Iki Ikram

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial:

John Lewis “Buster the Boxer” | Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Hannah Ruddleston, Fabian Frank, William Laban

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure | Bill George, Amy Jupiter, Hayden Landis, David Lester

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature:

The Jungle Book — King Louie | Paul Story, Dennis Yoo, Jack Tema, Andrei Coval

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature:

Finding Dory — Hank | Jonathan Hoffman, Steven Clay Hunter, Mark Piretti, Audrey Wong

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project:

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” — Drogon | James Kinnings, Michael Holzl, Matt Derksen, Joeseph Hoback

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial:

John Lewis “Buster the Boxer” | Tim van Hussen, David Bryan, Chloe Dawe, Maximillian Mallman

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature:

Doctor Strange — New York City | Adam Watkins, Martijn van Herk, Tim Belsher, Jon Mitchell

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature:

Moana — Motonui Island | Rob Dressel, Andy Harkness, Brien Hindman, Larry Wu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project:

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” — Meereen City | Deak Ferrand, Dominic Daigle, François Croteau, Alexandru Banuta

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project:

The Jungle Book | Bill Pope, Robert Legato, Gary Roberts, John Brennan

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project:

Deepwater Horizon — Deepwater Horizon Rig | Kelvin Lau, Jean Bolte, Kevin Sprout, Kim Vongbunyong

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature:

The Jungle Book — Nature Effects | Oliver Winwood, Fabian Nowak, David Schneider, Ludovic Ramisandraina

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature:

Moana | Marc Henry Bryant, David Hutchins, Ben Frost, Dale Mayeda

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project:

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” — Meereen City | Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, James Dong, Xavier Fourmond

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature:

The Jungle Book | Christoph Salzmann, Masaki Mitchell, Matthew Adams, Max Stummer

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode:

Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” — Retaking Winterfell | Dominic Hellier, Morgan Jones, Thijs Noij, Caleb Thompson

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial:

John Lewis “Buster the Boxer” | Tom Harding, Alex Snookes, David Filipe, Andreas Feix

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project:

Breaking Point | Johannes Franz, Nicole Rothermel, Thomas Sali, Alexander Richter

Glenn Melenhorst with the VE Award for VFX in a Photoreal Episode for Game of Thrones

Glenn Melenhorst with the VES Award for VFX in a Photoreal Episode for Game of Thrones

Jonathan Hoffman Steven Clay Hunter Mark Piretti Audrey Wong accept the VES Award for Animated Perf in an Animated Feature

Jonathan Hoffman Steven Clay Hunter Mark Piretti Audrey Wong accept the VES Award for Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Ken Ralston backstage with his Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Ralston backstage with his Lifetime Achievement Award

The LAIKA crew Travis Knight Arianne Sutner Steve Emerson and Brad Schiff with their VES Awards for Kubo and the Two Strings

The LAIKA crew Travis Knight Arianne Sutner Steve Emerson and Brad Schiff with their VES Awards for Kubo and the Two Strings

Victoria Alonso with her Visionary Award backstage at the VES Awards

Victoria Alonso with her Visionary Award backstage at the VES Awards