VES Awards 2012: The Winners List

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 9:48 am,

We discuss visual effects a lot here on Screen Rant – what looks good, what looks bad, etc. – and so, we thought it only fitting to let our readers know about those films that were recognized at the 2012 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games.

With 2011 movies like Transformers 3, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America, Hugo, and animated fare like Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss In Boots and Rango all sporting some impressive visual splendor, the big winners of the night were somewhat of a surprise – while others weren’t that surprising at all.

In what is sure to be a head-scratching development for many movie fans, it was director Gore Verbinkski’s (Pirates of the Caribbean) CGI-animated spaghetti western Rango that walked away with the most awards. While that Johnny Depp-starring film was visually impressive, a lot of people walked away from the movie disappointed with its heady philosophical themes and indie-film construction. Of course, that had more to do with the mis-(marketing) of Rango as a kids film than anything else – but I digress…

On the TV side HBO’s Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire both walked away with awards for their impressive visual effects, while network TV was tossed a bone with a win for Fox’s Terra Nova. Also in the mix were video games threequels like Gears of War 3 and Diablo III, which were both honored during proceedings.

If you couldn’t tell from the header image: one of the highlights of the ceremony was an appearance by Scorsese himself; though icons like Stan Lee and original Incredible Hulk TV show actor Lou Ferrigno tended to catch our eye.

The complete list of winners of the 10th Annual VES Awards is as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan LemmonJoe LetteriCyndi OchsKurt Williams

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango: Tim AlexanderHal HickelJacqui LopezKatie Lynch

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Inside the Human Body: Phil DobreeSophie OrdeDan Upton

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Terra Nova – Occupation & Resistance: Kevin BlankColin BradyAdica ManisJason Zimmerman

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming: Lucy Ainsworth-TaylorAngela BarsonEd BruceAdam McInnes

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Dior J’adore: Pascal GirouxJulien MeestersStephane PivronManuel Souillac

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Commercial or Video Game Trailer
Diablo III: The Black Soulstone: Nicholas S. CarpenterGraham CunninghamChris ThunigTaka Yasuda

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Transformers the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle: Lori ArnoldYanick DusseaultDelio TramontozziJeff White

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar: Daniel BarrettFlorian FernandezMatthew MunteanEric Reynolds

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango – Rango: Frank GravattKevin MartelBrian PaikSteve Walton

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Canal + The Bear: Laurent CreusotGuillaume HoOlivier MitonneauMichal Nauzin

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 155 Wacker Drive: Giles HancockJohn HansonTom MartinekScott Younkin

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango – Main Street Dirt: John BellPolly IngMartin MurphyRussell Paul

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Game of Thrones – The Icewall: Markus KuhaDante Harbridge RobinsonDamien MacFani Vassiadi

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Hugo: Martin ChamneyRob LegatoAdam WatkinsFabio Zangla

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango – The Dirt Saloon: Colin BenoitPhilippe ReboursNelson SepulvedaNick Walker

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Gears of War 3 – Dust to Dust: Niles HeckmanRichard MortonVernon Wilbert Jr.

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Driller: Tim BrakensiekKelvin ChuDavid FoglerRene Garcia

Outstanding Models in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire – Georgia Peaches: Matthew ConnerEran DinurDavid ReynoldsSzymon Weglarski

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Captain America: The First Avenger – Skinny Steve: Casey AllenTrent ClausBrian HajekCliff Welsh

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire – Gimcrack & Bunkum: Anton DawsonEran DinurAustin MeyersDavid Reynolds

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
a.maize: Roman KaelinFalko PaeperFlorian Wittmann
The 10th Annual VES Awards will air exclusively on REELZCHANNEL Sunday, February 19 at 10pm ET/7pm PT with encore presentations throughout February. For more information on the VES Awards and the Visual Effects Society please visit www.visualeffectssociety.com

Visual Effects Society (VES) Announces Winners of 10th Annual VES Awards
Rango, recognized with awards in four categories, is the night’s most honored project
Surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese is one of evening’s highlights

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Source:  The Visual Effects Society

 

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TAGS: boardwalk empire, captain america, game of thrones, gears of war, hugo, rango, rise of the planet of the apes, terra nova, transformers 3

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  1. Good stuff. Games Of Thrones really did impress. As well Rise of the Planets of Apes. Cograts to all recieve an VES award this year.

  2. Is there an award for best opening titles in a motion picture. Blur studios deserve an award for their work in “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. Exceptional.

    • Agreed. The producers of the next James Bond movie shouldn’t look any further.

  3. Meh…
    I didn’t think Rise of the Apes’ effects were so extraordinary (it was awesome, but as far as FX goes… I think TF3 deserved the award)

  4. Am I the only one who thinks that Tintin should have won at least some of these awards? It walked away with a golden globe for best animation, yet it wasn’t even nominated for an oscar, nor does it feature in any other awards. Judging by the quality of the nominated films (good as they are), Tintin could easily kick dust in their eyes on quite a few fronts. What’s the deal?