The Visual Effects Society (VES), which is the hub for anything and everything related to visual effects, is represented in more than 20 countries currently. It hosts the annual VES Awards to recognise, encourage and honour the work done in terms of visual effects across all genres and platforms. The VES announced the nominations in 23 categories for the 14th annual VES awards which will be held on 2 February 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. These nominees were chosen by members via voting at events at all of the body’s nine sections: Australia, San Francisco (Bay Area), London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver. As far as VFX is concerned, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has led the list of feature film nominations while in animation The Peanuts Movie has topped the feature film category. TV series have gained tremendous appeal with creative stories and screenplays emerging that focus on the suspense element and the intellectual art of storytelling. And, HBO’s Game of Thrones has undoubtedly been triumphant in terms of VFX in live action/photoreal series. VES has also focused on the commercial space as there has been extensive work due to usage of visual effects to create effective commercials. Moreover, Virtual reality has entered the VES race this year, with Goosebumps VR Adventure and Nike’s The Neymar Jr. Effect creating a spark in the Special venue project. Apart from this, the vigorous work involved in creating the expansive detailed backgrounds and environments is recognised and appreciated as there are separate categories initiated for the same. By roping in new platforms and expanding its tentacles, VES has tried to tap talent in various spheres which are often left unrecognised. The master mind veteran Ridley Scott, known for his phenomenal works like The Martian, Gladiator, Black Hawk Dawn, will be recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, Syd Mead will receive the organisation’s Visionary Award for being an artist par excellence, and his work in Blade Runner and Aliens clearly testifies it. In short, the VES Awards recognises and honours the phenomenal visual effects work of the year and the artists behind them. You can find the complete list of nominations in various categories on their website.