The Visual Effects Society has named acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Victoria Alonso as the next recipient of its Visionary Award. In recognition of her enormous contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment, Alonso will be presented with the award at the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Victoria has elevated visual effects as an integral element of the art and business of moviemaking,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair. “She is an amazing creative force and powerhouse producer, whose unique vision has delivered some of the most popular movie franchises of all time. Her leadership in the industry is paving the way for future generations of artists and producers and she has helped redefine the profile of visual effects on a global scale. We are very proud to honor such an exemplary role model with the VES Visionary Award.”
Alonso is currently executive producing James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. In her role at Marvel, she oversees post-production and VFX for the studio’s film slate, and her EP credits at the studio include Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3 and Marvel’s The Avengers. Alonso also co-produced Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
Alonso’s career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX-produced numerous feature films, working with such directors as Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek), to name a few. Over the years, Alonso’s dedication to the industry has been admired and her achievements recognized. Alonso was the keynote speaker at the 2014 VES Summit, where she exemplified her role as an advocate for women in the industry. In 2015, she was an honoree of the New York Women in Film & Television’s Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement. This past January, she was presented with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award and was recently named to Variety’s 2016 Power of Women L.A. Impact Report, which spotlights creatives and executives who’ve “rocked” the industry in the past year.
The accomplished producer now joins the illustrious ranks of previous VES Visionary Award winners Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Alfonso Cuarón, J.J. Abrams and Syd Mead.