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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.

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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.

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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…)