‘Avengers: Infinity War’ bags Visual Effects Society Awards’s Top Prize

Avengers: Infinity War was awarded the trophy for outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature plus three additional trophies for an animated character. Also, Tuesday at the 17th VES Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Ready Player One earned two trophies, for best-created environment (for The Shining’s Overlook Hotel) and virtual cinematography, while First Man claimed the award for outstanding supporting VFX in a photoreal feature. Infinity War, Ready Player One and First Man, along with Solo: A Star Wars Story and Christopher Robin are nominated for the Academy Award in VFX. In six of the last 10 years, the winner in the outstanding VFX in a photo-real feature category went on to win the Oscar in VFX. Once, in 2011, the Oscar went to the winner of the VES Award for supporting VFX (Hugo). During the ceremony, a lifetime achievement award was bestowed upon Illumination founder/CEO Chris Meledandri; the Visionary Award went to Jonathan Nolan, and the Award for Creative Excellence was presented to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swept the animated feature categories winning four awards including best VFX in an animated feature, best-animated character (Miles Morales), created environment (graphic New York City) and effects simulations. Evan Rachel Wood presented the Visionary Award to Nolan, while Steve Carell, initially wearing a Gru mask, presented to Meledandri. In his acceptance speech, Meledandri said, “Everyday we all join a noble mission. We contribute our creativity and craft to bring joy into the lives of audiences” The complete list of winners:- WINNER – Avengers: Infinity War Daniel DeLeeuw Jen Underdahl Kelly Port Matt Aitken Daniel Sudick Christopher Robin Chris Lawrence Steve Gaub Michael Eames Glenn Melenhorst Chris Corbould Ready Player One Roger Guyett Jennifer Meislohn David Shirk Matthew Butler Neil Corbould Solo: A Star Wars Story Rob Bredow Erin Dusseault Matt Shumway Patrick Tubach Dominic Tuohy Welcome to Marwen Kevin Baillie Sandra Scott Seth Hill Marc Chu James Paradis We hope these awards really bring out the best of talents in the VFX industry and give impetus to more landmark projects that dazzle us out of our minds.