Posts tagged “Visual Effects Society

Oscars 2019: VES Awards

The Visual Effect Society handed out their awards tonight. As a reminder, your Oscar category is:

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

So really, those are the only five we’re paying attention to here.

VES hands out 11 film awards, 4 animated. So it’s seven major categories we’re looking at. For Animated, Missing Link won Best Animated Effects and Best Animated Character, while Toy Story 4 won Best Created Environment for the Antiques Shop and Frozen II won for Best Effects Simulations, for, I guess, the snow and shit. All of that makes total sense to me.

As for the film awards, The Lion King won Best Effects, Best Virtual Cinematography and Best Created Environment. Considering the entire film is created and the creation of the effects was done in this sort of VR space, I’m not surprised it won any of those three awards. Meanwhile, The Irishman won for Supporting Effects and Composting, while Alita: Battle Angel won for Animated Character and Rise of Skywalker won for Effect Simulations. That means 3/5 of the category won an award, with 1917 and Endgame the films that won nothing. 1917 was only nominated for Supporting Effects, so once Irishman won that, it was gonna go home empty-handed. Endgame was nominated in three categories and lost them all.

I will say, I appreciate that all the awards basically went to the films that made the most sense. It’s rare that you feel like people vote for what the best choice is rather than with some sort of agenda.

BAFTA is on Sunday, and we’ll learn a lot based on what wins there (since BFCA already gave out their award to Endgame and I’ve already discounted that as nonsense, which was just backed up by VES), but I’m suspecting that the Oscar winner is probably gonna be The Irishman, with Lion King a contender (but probably overmatched in the ‘class’ game) and 1917 a potential upset pick. Mostly I wanna see if BAFTA goes for 1917. If they do, that’ll make things REALLY interesting. But we know how this goes — Best Picture nominees usually outmuscle everything else in the category. You kinda forget that part, since 2015 was the last time Best Picture nominees were nominated and Ex Machina blew that whole thing up. But before that, Best Picture nominees were automatic in the category (and even since, the ‘classier’ films tended to win — Blade Runner, First Man). So I’m thinking we stick to that, but hey, maybe if BAFTA goes Lion King… maybe not. We’ll see.

– – – – – – – – – –

Oscars 2019: VES Nominations

Okay, as we await the DGA nominations, here are your VES nominations for this year.

This is Visual Effects and here is the shortlist we’re all working off:

Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Gemini Man
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate

Basically five of these are locked, with Alita a probable sixth. I suspect we should look for Avengers, Irishman, Lion King and Star Wars on the Best Effects category, with Alita the fifth nominee, and then 1917 in Supporting Effects. Once we see that, then we can eliminate everything else and basically know what’s gonna happen all the way through.

Here are your VES nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2018: VES Awards

Funny story — I forgot VES was handing out awards today. I was writing up my Best Visual Effects category breakdown and went to look up when VES would be announcing so I’d have an idea… turns out, it was tonight. So here’s your VES write-up.

This guild is a function of what your Oscar nominees are. Really they help only so far. You look to BAFTA to confirm where you think things are leaning, and the Oscar category is a mixture of that plus just looking at it, because a lot of the time the answer is obvious.

Here’s your Visual Effects Oscar category, to make things easier:

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man

Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

There are seven major VES awards. Avengers: Infinity War won four of them, Best Effects, Animated Character, Composting and Effects Simulations. Ready Player One won two, Created Environment and Virtual Cinematography. First Man won for Supporting Effects. Also worth noting, Mortal Engines won for Models, and in Animated, Into the Spider-Verse swept everything, winning for Best Animated Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Effects Simulations.

So, on this alone, you might say Avengers is the frontrunner for the Oscar. I’m not going there just yet. I want to see what BAFTA does. Especially since the Oscar tends to go to the “classier” film with more of a pedigree, and that clearly seems like First Man in this case. If BAFTA goes Ready Player One then we have a decision on our hands. If Avengers manages to win BAFTA, then I may be swayed. And if First Man wins BAFTA, then you pretty much know exactly how this one’s gonna turn out.

I’m not calling this a huge win for Marvel just yet, only because they’ve yet to win the actual Oscar category. So let’s see where we’re at on Sunday once BAFTA announces and then regroup. I feel like, if anything, this might be a big Avengers red herring when First Man is staring us in the face all along as the probable winner of the category.

– – – – – – – – – –

Oscars 2018: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominees two days ago and I was too distracted to notice (you’ve see why today and will again tomorrow, and especially on Monday). But here we are.

I’ll have minimal amounts of things to say about each category, because I’ve already moved on to Oscar prognosticating. But still, it’s worth looking at. As a refresher, here’s your shortlist for the category:

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Christopher Robin
First Man
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mary Poppins Returns
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Welcome to Marwen

And here are your VES nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2017: VES Awards

The Visual Effects Society announced their awards tonight. There are a shit ton of categories, so I’ll do my best to boil it down in an easy way for you all. For starters, this is your Oscar category:

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

So of those five, all of them were nominated at VES, but only three of them won. Star Wars came away with nothing, as did Kong. Guardians won for Virtual Cinematography (for that Groot Dance and opening fight), Blade Runner won for Created Environment and Outstanding Model. Meanwhile, War for the Planet of the Apes won the big category, Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, as well as Animated Character (no shit), Effects Simulations and Compositing.

Meanwhile, Dunkirk won for Supporting Visual Effects (though it wasn’t nominated, so that doesn’t matter for the Oscars, even though of course it won), and Coco swept all four of its categories: Visual Effects in an Animated Feature, Animated Character (Hector), Created Environment (City of the Dead) and Effects Simulations. In case you had any doubt that was a lock for Animated Feature.

So right now, Blade Runner and Planet of the Apes are (in case you didn’t already know that just by looking at the category) the two favorites going into Oscar night. BAFTA looms large on Sunday, as whatever wins there typically becomes a big favorite to win the Oscar. Gonna be interesting, since it seems like they favor Blade Runner, while VES clearly favored Apes. If Apes wins BAFTA, I think you might have your Oscar answer. We’ll see.

– – – – – – – – – –

Oscars 2017: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominees. I hate talking about them because there are just so many categories. I don’t even bother mentioning some of them because it gets really specific and doesn’t have a whole lot to do with guessing the Oscars. Good for them for giving the guild members their due, but it’s just too much for me to handle. Commercials, student films — too much.

Before we get into the nominees, a reminder of your shortlist:

Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Five of these ten will be nominated on Tuesday. So here are your VES nominees. Let’s see how these ten fare: (more…)

Oscars 2016: VES Awards

The VES Awards were last night. They have a lot of awards, so we’ll run through them quickly.

The basics of what you need to know — The Jungle Book won a lot of awards. Five, to be exact. They won for Photoreal FX (the big award), Animated Performance (King Louie), Effects Simulations, Virtual Cinematography and Composting.

Deepwater Horizon won for Supporting FX and Outstanding Model, while Doctor Strange won for Created Environment (NYC).

In the Animated field, Kubo won for Animated Effects, Finding Dory won for Animated Performance (Hank) nd Moana won for Animated Created Environment (Motonui Island) and Effects Simulations.

As your category for the Oscars is Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Kubo and the Two Strings and Rogue One, I would say that puts The Jungle Book as a pretty big favorite, if it wasn’t already. BAFTA is on Sunday, and that should lock that into place even further, as BAFTA tends to have a pretty good history and predicting who will win the Visual Effects category, especially in years without Best Picture nominees in the fold.

Oscars 2016: VES Nominations

Okay, and now for the one guild I hate writing up, because they have too many categories and I have to cut most of them out just to deal with them. Visual Effects Society.

I cut most of the categories out because visual effects is such a major part of filmmaking now, in order for them to do their members justice, they need to have a million categories. But only like six to ten matter for me, so I only deal with the six to ten. And even then it’s a fucking chore, since there are all these categories, and a shortlist, and you don’t know which categories mean more than others — it’s chaos.

So here are your VES nominees: (more…)

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: (more…)

Oscars 2015: Visual Effects Society Nominations

VES announced their nominees today too. Which is both good and bad. Good, because another guild announced before nominations and that can help, and bad because they have a fuck ton of categories.

23 categories. That’s a lot to wade through. And since we’re only really dealing with the film ones, I’m skipping all the TV and extraneous categories entirely this year. Oscar nominations are tomorrow, I want to focus on that.

Here are your VES nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2014: VES Awards

Last night, they had the VES Awards. Which, normally, don’t usually mean a whole lot to me. Usually whichever movie is nominated for Best Picture wins. But this year, we don’t have one of those. So I actually need to look to this for possibly some guidance. Or not. I guess we’ll see how it turns out.

Here is your category for the Oscars: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

And here are your winners from the Visual Effects Society Awards: (more…)

Oscars 2014: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominations today. I thought they were coming tomorrow. But cool. One more to deal with and make my life easier for tomorrow, when my (incredibly long. Get ready, people. It’s… lengthy) Oscar nomination guesses article goes up.

Let’s get into them:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live-Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy



The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

X-Men: Days of Future Past (more…)

Oscars 2013: VES Awards

Appropriately, the Visual Effects Society Awards were announced last night.

And just in case there was any doubt — Gravity cleaned up. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature, Outstanding Created Environment in a Live-Action Feature, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live-Action, Outstanding Models in a Feature (for the ISS Exterior), Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation (for the Parachute and ISS Destruction), and Outstanding Composting in a Feature.

The only categories it didn’t win were Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature, which went to The Lone Ranger (which it couldn’t win) and Outstanding Animated Character in a Live-Action Feature, which The Hobbit won for Smaug. Mostly because Sandra Bullock wasn’t an animated character in that movie, no matter what they want to tell us. So that makes sense.

Oh, and Frozen cleaned up in the Animated categories. It won Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature (Elsa), Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature (Elsa’s Ice Palace) and Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature (Elsa’s Blizzard).

That’s it. All but two of the awards went to either Frozen or Gravity. And one of them, neither of them could have won. So that’s pretty much a goddamn sweep. In case you thought anything else was winning either the Visual Effects or Animated Feature category.

Oscars 2013 Update: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominations today.

This is mostly meaningless, since we all know Gravity is winning the Oscar.

But, you know — we go over shit. Maybe we’ll figure out who that fifth nominee is going to be.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 Or… not. Since that’s basically your Oscar category right there. (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: Visual Effects Society Awards

The VFX Awards were announced yesterday.

Life of Pi won most of the awards. It won Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (Richard Parker), Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (the Storm of God), and Outstanding Composting in a Feature Motion Picture (the Storm of God).

Brave won four awards too. Animation in an Animated Feature, Character in Animated Feature (Merida), Created Environment in Animated Feature (the forest) and FX and Simulation Animation in Animation.

The Impossible won Supporting Effects in a Feature (YES!) and The Avengers won for the Midtown created environment and the Helicarrier model, and The Hobbit won for Virtual Cinematography.

But, none of this really matters, since a film nominated for Best Picture has never lost Best Visual Effects. Ever. (Unless two Best Picture nominees were nominated for Effects. Then obviously one list.) You’d have to be an idiot to vote for anything other than Life of Pi in this category for the Oscars. (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: VFX (Visual Effects) Society Nominations and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations Announced

Two more guilds have announced their nominations, making tomorrow’s guesses at what’s going to be nominated a little bit easier.

The only groups left to announce their nominations are BAFTA (which is tomorrow), ACE (American Cinema Editors, which apparently announce on Thursday, but they were supposed to announce CAS then too, so…), MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors, which will announce at some point in the next week) and the Costume Designers Guild, which announces next Thursday. Which is pretty good. This helps us on most of the categories for Thursday.

So let’s get started with the Visual Effects Society Nominees: (more…)

Oscars 2011 Update: Visual Effects Society Awards

Last night, the Visual Effects Society handed out their awards. There were a lot of awards, so let’s just quickly run down them:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes won Outstanding Effects in an Effects-Driven Film. Hugo won Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Film. Rango won Outstanding effects in an Animated Film. Apes won Outstanding Animated Character in a Live-Action Film. Rango won Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Film. Hugo won Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live-Action  Rango won Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Film. Transformers: Dark of the moon won Outstanding Created Environment in a Live-Action film. Rango won Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Film. Dark of the Moon won Outstanding Models in a Film. Captain America won Outstanding Composting in a Film.

So those are all the awards. Basically, what we take from this is that Rango will almost certainly be winning Best Animated Feature and Hugo and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are the favorites to win Best Visual Effects. Which is not really that surprising at all.

I love how easy the Oscar race is. By the time of the ceremony, almost all the categories are basically locked between one or two nominees (outside the shorts and stuff), and surprises happen anyway. It’s great. And people wonder how it’s possible to guess so accurately every year…

Oscars 2011 Update: Visual Effects Society Nominations

The lesser of the two sets of nominations that were announced today. I’m leading with this one simply because when I post the next one, people will forget about this one entirely.

Today they announced the nominations for the Visual Effects Society. This doesn’t really help enlighten the Best Visual Effects category at the Oscars, since there already is a shortlist of 10 nominees, and really at this point it comes down to what’s going to win, since we have a general idea of what’ll be nominated. There are still some surprises, but generally, these aren’t that important.

First, we have the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture category. Ya follow? Don’t worry, you will when you see the nominees:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (more…)