‘Jungle Book’ wins big while ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ disappoints at the 15th VES Awards

Commemorating its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society (VES) held its annual award ceremony, recognising the talent from the Visual effect industry across various spheres. The 15th edition of the Visual Effects Society Awards was held on Tuesday evening at Beverly Hilton. While Disney’s Jungle Book was a major winner at the event as it bagged five accolades to its name, Star Wars’ stand alone film, Rogue One, did not manage to get its hands on any awards, even though it had been nominated in seven categories. Laika Entertainment and Focus Features’ Kubo and the Two Strings was awarded the highest honour of the best animated film. Disney’s Moana won multiple awards with Pixar’s Finding Dory picking one to its name.
The Jungle Book scene wherein Mowgli's digi-double's lower half of his body was used
Behind the scene still of ‘The Jungle Book’
In the TV realm, HBO’s Game of Thrones’ ‘Battle of Bastards’ episode was chosen as the winner in multiple categories while ‘Boxer the Buster’, a Christmas ad from the British department store chain, John Lewis won the accolade for the best TV commercial.
Here is the complete list of winners: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature The Jungle Book        Robert Legato Joyce Cox Andrew R. Jones Adam Valdez JD Schwalm Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Kubo and the Two Strings    Travis Knight Arianne Sutner Steve Emerson Brad Schiff Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards Joe Bauer Steve Kullback Glenn Melenhorst Matthew Rouleau Sam Conway Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial John Lewis; Buster the Boxer          Diarmid Harrison-Murray Hannah Ruddleston Fabian Frank William Laban Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature Finding Dory; Hank   Jonathan Hoffman Steven Clay Hunter Mark Piretti Audrey Wong Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial John Lewis; Buster the Boxer          Tim van Hussen David Bryan Chloe Dawe Maximillian Mallman Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City Deak Ferrand Dominic Daigle François Croteau  Alexandru Banuta Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Drogon            James Kinnings Michael Holzl Matt Derksen Joeseph Hoback Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature Doctor Strange; New York City        Adam Watkins Martijn van Herk Tim Belsher Jon Mitchell Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Moana; Motonui Island       Rob Dressel Andy Harkness Brien Hindman Larry Wu Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project Uncharted 4                Bruce Straley Eben Cook Iki Ikram Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature The Jungle Book; Nature Effects     Oliver Winwood Fabian Nowak David Schneider Ludovic Ramisandraina Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project Deepwater Horizon; Deepwater Horizon Rig         Kelvin Lau Jean Bolte Kevin Sprout Kim Vongbunyong Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Moana            Marc Henry Bryant David Hutchins John M. Kosnik Dale Mayeda Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City Thomas Hullin Dominik Kirouac James Dong Xavier Fourmond Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature The Jungle Book; King Louie            Paul Story Dennis Yoo Jack Tema Andrei Coval Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project The Jungle Book  Bill Pope Robert Legato Gary Roberts John Brennan Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure           Bill George Amy Jupiter Hayden Landis David Lester Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode Black Sails; XX            Erik Henry Terron Pratt Aladino Debert Yafei Wu Paul Stephenson Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project Breaking Point           Johannes Franz Nicole Rothermel Thomas Sali Alexander Richter Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature The Jungle Book        Christoph Salzmann Masaki Mitchell Matthew Adams Max Stummer Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial John Lewis; Buster the Boxer          Tom Harding Alex Snookes David Filipe Andreas Feix Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell   Dominic Hellier Morgan Jones Thijs Noij Caleb Thompson Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Deepwater Horizon Craig Hammack Petra Holtorf-Stratton Jason Snell John Galloway Burt Dalton
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