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‘Infinity War,’ ‘Into the Spider‐Verse’ & ‘Lost in Space’ Top 17th Annual VES Awards

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ garners top feature film with four awards; ‘Spider‐Man: Into the Spider‐Verse’ is top animated feature film; ‘Lost in Space’ leads broadcast wins.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ garners four awards at the 17th annual VES Awards, including for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature, Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature.

LOS ANGELES -- The Visual Effects Society, the industry’s global professional honorary society, held the 17th Annual VES Awards Tuesday night, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues.

Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host for the 8th time to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories. Avengers: Infinity War was named the photoreal feature winner, garnering four awards. Spider‐Man: Into the Spider‐Verse was named top animated film, winning four awards. Lost in Space was named best photoreal episode and also garnered four awards.

Jimmy Kimmel presented the VES Award for Creative Excellence to award-winning creators-executive producers-writers-directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Evan Rachel Wood presented the VES Visionary Award to acclaimed writer-director-producer Jonathan Nolan. And Steve Carell presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar-nominated producer and founder and CEO of Illumination Chris Meledandri.

Awards presenters also included: James Marsden, Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, legendary director-producer Roger Corman, Allen Leech, Suzanne Cryer, Thomas Middleditch and Sydney Sweeney.

Winners of the 17th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War
Daniel DeLeeuw, Jen Underdahl, Kelly Port, Matt Aitken & Daniel Sudick

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

First Man
Paul Lambert, Kevin Elam, Tristan Myles, Ian Hunter & JD Schwalm

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Joshua Beveridge, Christian Hejnal, Danny Dimian & Bret St. Clair

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space “Danger, Will Robinson”
Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson & Joao Sita

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan “Pilot”
Erik Henry, Matt Robken, Bobo Skipper, Deak Ferrand & Pau Costa

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Age of Sail
John Kahrs, Kevin Dart, Cassidy Curtis & Theresa Latzko

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis “The Boy and the Piano”
Kamen Markov, Philip Whalley, Anthony Bloor & Andy Steele

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Childish Gambino’s Pharos
Keith Miller, Alejandro Crawford, Thelvin Cabezas & Jeremy Thompson

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Jan Philip Cramer, Darren Hendler, Paul Story & Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales
Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa & Julie Bernier Gosselin

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space “Humanoid”
Chad Shattuck, Paul Zeke, Julia Flanagan, Andrew McCartney

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

Volkswagen “Born Confident, Bam”
David Bryan, Chris Welsby, Fabian Frank & Chloe Dawe

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
Mert Yamak, Stanley Wong, Joana Garrido & Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature        

Spider-Man; Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City
Terry Park, Bret St. Clair, Kimberly Liptrap & Dave Morehead

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

Lost in Space; Pilot; Impact Area
Philip Engström, Kenny Vähäkari, Jason Martin & Martin Bergquist

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Ready Player One; New York Race
Daniele Bigi, Edmund Kolloen, Mathieu Vig & Jean-Baptiste Noyau

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Mortal Engines; London
Matthew Sandoval, James Ogle, Nick Keller & Sam Tack

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Gerardo Aguilera, Ashraf Ghoniem, Vasilis Pazionis & Hartwell Durfor

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ian Farnsworth, Pav Grochola, Simon Corbaux & Brian D. Casper

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

Altered Carbon
Philipp Kratzer, Daniel Fernandez, Xavier Lestourneaud & Andrea Rosa

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Sabine Laimer, Tim Walker, Tobias Wiesner & Massimo Pasquetti

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue
David Wahlberg, Douglas Roshamn, Sofie Ljunggren & Fredrik Lönn

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Apple “Welcome Home”
Michael Ralla, Steve Drew, Alejandro Villabon & Peter Timberlake

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Terra Nova
Thomas Battistetti, Mélanie Geley, Mickael Le Mezo & Guillaume Hoarau

The Visual Effects Society is a professional global honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. It is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. VES’ almost 4,000 members in 40 countries worldwide contribute to all areas of entertainment -- film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games, new media and special venues.

Source: Visual Effects Society

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