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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.