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'Rango' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Take Home Top VES Honors

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From a VES press release.

Los Angeles, February 7, 2012 -

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the winners of its 10th Annual VES Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

More than a thousand attendees -- filmmakers, producers, directors and members of the visual effects community-- gathered to recognize the year's best work and the artists who created it. Rango was the evening's most honored project with four awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon all took home two awards in the Feature Motion Picture categories, while Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones each garnered a pair of awards in the Television categories. Stan Lee received the Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award at the show, which was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Antonio Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, directors Chris Miller, Marc Webb and Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and a host of luminaries were on hand to present awards. A surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese, whose film Hugo received two awards, was one of the evening's highlights. The complete list of winners of the 10th Annual VES Awards is as follows: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Cyndi Ochs, Kurt Williams Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Rango: Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special Inside the Human Body: Phil Dobree, Sophie Orde, Dan Upton Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series Terra Nova - Occupation & Resistance: Kevin Blank, Colin Brady, Adica Manis, Jason Zimmerman Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Game of Thrones - Winter is Coming: Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Angela Barson, Ed Bruce, Adam McInnes Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial Dior J'adore: Pascal Giroux, Julien Meesters, Stephane Pivron, Manuel Souillac Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Commercial or Video Game Trailer Diablo III: The Black Soulstone: Nicholas S. Carpenter, Graham Cunningham, Chris Thunig, Taka Yasuda Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project Transformers the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle: Lori Arnold, Yanick Dusseault, Delio Tramontozzi, Jeff White Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Caesar: Daniel Barrett, Florian Fernandez, Matthew Muntean, Eric Reynolds Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Rango - Rango: Frank Gravatt, Kevin Martel, Brian Paik, Steve Walton Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Canal + The Bear: Laurent Creusot, Guillaume Ho, Olivier Mitonneau, Michal Nauzin Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 155 Wacker Drive: Giles Hancock, John Hanson, Tom Martinek, Scott Younkin Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Rango - Main Street Dirt: John Bell, Polly Ing, Martin Murphy, Russell Paul Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Game of Thrones - The Icewall: Markus Kuha, Dante Harbridge Robinson, Damien Mac, Fani Vassiadi Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Hugo: Martin Chamney, Rob Legato, Adam Watkins, Fabio Zangla Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Rango - The Dirt Saloon: Colin Benoit, Philippe Rebours, Nelson Sepulveda, Nick Walker Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Gears of War 3 - Dust to Dust: Niles Heckman, Richard Morton, Vernon Wilbert Jr. Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Driller: Tim Brakensiek, Kelvin Chu, David Fogler, Rene Garcia Outstanding Models in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Boardwalk Empire - Georgia Peaches: Matthew Conner, Eran Dinur, David Reynolds, Szymon Weglarski Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture Captain America: The First Avenger - Skinny Steve: Casey Allen, Trent Claus, Brian Hajek, Cliff Welsh Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial Boardwalk Empire - Gimcrack & Bunkum: Anton Dawson. Eran Dinur, Austin Meyers, David Reynolds Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project a.maize: Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann The 10th Annual VES Awards will air exclusively on REELZCHANNEL Sunday, February 19 at 10pm ET/7pm PT with encore presentations throughout February. For more information on the VES Awards and the Visual Effects Society please visit www.visualeffectssociety.com About the VES The VES is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest uniform standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. The VES is the entertainment industry's only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects practitioners including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. Its over 2,500 global members contribute to all areas of entertainment from film, animation, television and commercials to music videos, games and new media. VES strives to enrich and educate its members and the entertainment community at large through many domestic and international events, screenings and programs. Visual effects professionals constitute a vital creative force in content creation and are literally shaping the future of entertainment.

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