'Life of Pi', 'Brave' Lead 11th Annual VES Awards

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and Pixar’s "Brave" each take home four trophies at the 11th annual VES Awards.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA --

The team that created the visual effects -- including a CG Bengal tiger -- for Ang Lee’s Life of P i won four Visual Effects Society awards on Tuesday during the 11th annual VES Awards ceremony, including the top prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature.

Pixar’s Brave also took home four awards at the ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional feature winners include The Avengers and The Impossible and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. HBO's Game of Thrones dominated the television categories, winning a total of four awards.

During the ceremony, Lee was presented the VES Visionary Award by visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren (Star Wars). Harrison Ford presented VFX pioneer Richard Edlund (Star Wars) with the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The complete list of winners at the 11th annual VES Awards is below:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Heather Drummons Joel Friesch Brooke Breton Chris Bailey

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi: Richard Parker Erik De Boer Sean Comer Betsy Asher Hall Kai-Hua Lan

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave: Merida Travis Hathaway Olivier Soares Peter Sumanaseni Brian Tindall

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program  Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons Irfan Celik Florian Friedmann Ingo Schachner Chris Stenner

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan Richard Bluff Barry Williams David Meny Andy Proctor

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave: The Forest Tim Best Steve Pilcher Inigo Quilez Andrew Whittock

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Game of Thrones: Pyke Rene Borst Thilo Ewers Adam Figielski Jonas Stuckenbrock

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Matt Aitken Victor Huang Christian Rivers R. Christopher White

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program ZombiU Dominique Boidin Léon Bérelle Rémi Kozyra Maxime Luère

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture The Avengers: Helicarrier Rene Garcia Bruce Holcomb Polly Ing Aaron Wilson

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi: Storm of God Harry Mukhopadhyay David Stopford Mark Williams Derek Wolfe

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave Chris Chapman Dave Hale Michael K. O'Brien Bill Watral

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Guinness “Cloud” Tom Bussell Neil Davies

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project Natalis Daniel Brkovic David Kirchner Jan-Marcel Kuehn Tom Ferstl

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game Call of Duty: Black Ops II Jason Blundell Barry Whitney Colin Whitney

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Nike “Biomorph” Rafael Colon Aladino Debert David Liu Nicola Wiseman

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program Game of Thrones: White Walker Army Falk Boje Esther Engel Alexey Kuchinsky Klaus Wuchta

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial Chevy “2012 Silverado” Dominik Bauch Nicholas Kim Benjamin Walsh

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi: Storm of God Ryan Clarke Jose Fernandez Sean Oharas Hamish Schumacher 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308 John Bair Parker Chehak Paul Graff Lesley Robson-Foster

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis Rainer Gombos Steve Kullback Sven Martin Juri Stanossek

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture The Impossible Felix Bergés Sandra Hermida Pau Costa Moeller

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave Mark Andrews Steve May Katherine Sarafian Bill Wise

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Life of Pi Donald R. Elliott Susan MacLeod Guillaume Rocheron Bill Westenhofer

Source: Visual Effects Society

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