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‘Avengers,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Lost in Space’ top VES visual effects awards

Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse were the big winners at last night’s 17th Visual Effects Society (VES) awards, each winning four trophies. Avengers took the top award, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. The event was hosted by Patton Oswalt, his eighth go round.

That win puts Avengers in clear frontrunner status for the Visual Effects Oscar, especially with no Best Picture nominee in the same category, although that’s been a less consistent precursor than it used to be. Its win here marks the first time (with a bit subjectivity) that a comic book film has won the top prize.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to stop Incredibles 2 (the animated nomination leader here) with top wins here including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature and Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature (Miles Morales) and bolsters its place in the Animated Feature Oscar race.

Ready Player One won two awards and First Man won the Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.

On the television side, Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space with four wins and became the first series to win the VES top award for television that isn’t Game of Thrones since 2011.

The Visual Effects Society is comprised of over 400 members in the VFX field across 39 countries.

Here is the full list of winners.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War
Daniel DeLeeuw, Jen Underdahl, Kelly Port, Matt Aitken, Daniel Sudick

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Lost in Space, “Danger, Will Robinson”
Jabbar Raisani, Terron Pratt, Niklas Jacobson, Joao Sita

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Joshua Beveridge, Christian Hejnal, Danny Dimian, Bret St. Clair

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano
Kamen Markov, Philip Whalley, Anthony Bloor, Andy Steele

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales
Marcos Kang, Chad Belteau, Humberto Rosa, Julie Bernier Gosselin

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Jan Philip Cramer, Darren Hendler, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Lost in Space; Humanoid
Chad Shattuck, Paul Zeke, Julia Flanagan, Andrew McCartney

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Gerardo Aguilera. Ashraf Ghoniem, Vasilis Pazionis, Hartwell Durfor

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ian Farnsworth, Pav Grochola, Simon Corbaux, Brian D. Casper

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
Altered Carbon
Philipp Kratzer, Daniel Fernandez, Xavier Lestourneaud, Andrea Rosa

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Mortal Engines; London
Matthew Sandoval, James Ogle, Nick Keller, Sam Tack

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Age of Sail
John Kahrs, Kevin Dart, Cassidy Curtis, Theresa Latzko

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
Mert Yamak, Stanley Wong, Joana Garrido, Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Spider-Man; Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City
Terry Park, Bret St. Clair, Kimberly Liptrap, Dave Morehead

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
Lost in Space, “Pilot; Impact Area”
Philip Engström, Kenny Vähäkari, Jason Martin, Martin Bergquist

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Terra Nova
Thomas Battistetti, Mélanie Geley, Mickael Le Mezo, Guillaume Hoarau

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
First Man
Paul Lambert, Kevin Elam, Tristan Myles, Ian Hunter, JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, “Pilot”
Erik Henry. Matt Robken, Bobo Skipper, Deak Ferrand, Pau Costa

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Sabine Laimer, Tim Walker, Tobias Wiesner, Massimo Pasquetti

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue
David Wahlberg, Douglas Roshamn, Sofie Ljunggren, Fredrik Lönn

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Apple; Welcome Home
Michael Ralla, Steve Drew, Alejandro Villabon, Peter Timberlake

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Ready Player One; New York Race
Daniele Bigi, Edmund Kolloen, Mathieu Vig, Jean-Baptiste Noyau

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Childish Gambino’s Pharos
Keith Miller, Alejandro Crawford, Thelvin Cabezas, Jeremy Thompson

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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