Oscars 2015: VES Awards

The Visual Effects Society handed out their awards last night.

They have way too many categories to count, so I’ll only focus on the ones that matter.

It’s still a shit ton. But usually you can start to make some headway into what might win Best Visual Effects.

Here are your VES winners:

Winning for Outstanding Effects in a Photoreal Feature was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It beat Mad Max and The Martian.

Winning for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature was The Revenant. Of course. Also the only nominee of the bunch.

Winning for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature was Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Falcon Chase/Graveyard. Also the only nominee.

Winning for Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature was Mad Max: Fury Road — Toxic Storm. It beat Starkiller base for The Force Awakens.

Winning for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project was Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Falcon Chase/Graveyard. Again, the only nominee.

Winning for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature was The Revenant — Bear Attack. It beat Mad Max and Star Wars.

Winning for Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project was  Star Wars: The Force Awakens — BB-8. The only nominee.

Winning for Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature was The Revenant — The Bear. It beat Maz in Star Wars.

So that’s four wins for Star Wars (two for the same sequence, one for BB-8, and the main award), three wins for The Revenant (all for the bear) and one win for Mad Max.

The Animated awards went to The Good Dinosaur (which was more effects heavy than the others), which won three, and Inside Out, which won for Joy.

Now, no matter what happens here, in the modern era, never has a Best Picture nominee been up for Best Visual Effects and lost (unless it lost to another nominee). So your odds heavily favor Mad Max, The Revenant or The Martian. So the Star Wars wins here will make things interesting for the next few weeks. Still can’t see it happening in the end, though.

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