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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.

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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
Dunkirk
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Okja
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.

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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…)