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VES Awards: ‘Jungle Book’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dominate VFX Honors – Winners List

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Score it Rogue One, trophies zero. The Jungle Book was the big winner tonight at the 15th annual VES Awards, taking five trophies including in the marquee category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. But perhaps the bigger news is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which came into the ceremony with a leading seven nominations, went home empty-handed.

The winner of the Visual Effects Society’s top film award has gone on to score the Visual Effects Oscar nine out of 14 times. But the past two VES champs – last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 2015’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – both lost the Academy Award.

Speaking of Force Awakens, it cruised to a leading four wins at last year’s VES Awards.

Deepwater Horizon took home hardware it both categories in which it was nominated, joining Moana as the only other films to rack up multiple wins tonight.

As has been the case since its first season, HBO’s Game of Thrones clobbered its rivals in the TV categories. This year’s five wins on a leading 11 nominations surpassed 2016’s 4-for-9 performance. And all five tonight were for the epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode.

Politics was kept to a minimum during the awards show at the Beverly Hilton. With that said, let’s move on.

The guild spread the wealth in its toon movie categories, with Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings taking Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature after two wins by Disney’s Moana and one for Disney’Pixar’s box office behemoth Finding Dory.

“Buster the Boxer,” a Christmas advert for UK’s John Lewis, swept the commercials categories, winning all three it was up for. Check out the two-minute spot here:

The guild gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Ken Ralston, a four-time VFX Oscar winner for Forrest Gump, Death Becomes Her, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cocoon. A veteran of the original Star Wars trilogy, he also received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy in 1984 for Return of the Jedi. “In my head, I’m still that 14-year-old animating creatures in his parent’s garage,” he said tonight. “There are so many inspirations.”

The VES Visionary Award went to Victoria Alonso, who was a VFX producer on Iron Man and then began producer Marvel films including the Avengers, Thor, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises. “Around the office, we like to call her a wolf mother,” Taika Waititi said before presenting the award. “She also is a big hugger.”

Said Alonso: “Every single person here has given it all they’ve got, and all they’ve got is all we need. But one thing I want to remind us: At the bakeoff, there were 40 nominees. There wasn’t one girl. Tonight, there’s about 43 girls. We can do better. I know we can. We can only do better if you consider the possibilities. You have to consider it. You have to look in your rooms, and you have to look at your teams and say: ‘Have we looked around enough? Do we have that balance? Why is it that you won’t let us in?’ I’d say give it a shot.”

Check out our archived live blog below. And here is the complete list of winners at the 15th annual VES Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book       

Robert Legato

Joyce Cox

Andrew R. Jones

Adam Valdez

JD Schwalm

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 Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Diarmid Harrison-Murray

Hannah Ruddleston

Fabian Frank

William Laban

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 a Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Tim van Hussen

David Bryan

Chloe Dawe

Maximillian Mallman

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 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 Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Uncharted 4               

Bruce Straley

Eben Cook

Iki Ikram

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

John M. Kosnik

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 Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

The Jungle Book

Bill Pope

Robert Legato

Gary Roberts

John Brennan

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 Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Deepwater Horizon; Deepwater Horizon Rig        

Kelvin Lau

Jean Bolte

Kevin Sprout

Kim Vongbunyong

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Breaking Point          

Johannes Franz

Nicole Rothermel

Thomas Sali

Alexander Richter

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book       

Christoph Salzmann

Masaki Mitchell

Matthew Adams

Max Stummer

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer         

Tom Harding

Alex Snookes

David Filipe

Andreas Feix

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell  

Dominic Hellier

Morgan Jones

Thijs Noij

Caleb Thompson

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Deepwater Horizon

Craig Hammack

Petra Holtorf-Stratton

Jason Snell

John Galloway

Burt Dalton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Black Sails; XX           

Erik Henry

Terron Pratt

Aladino Debert

Yafei Wu

Paul Stephenson

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