'Avatar' and 'Up' Win Big at Visual Effects Society Awards

The James Cameron film and Pixar animated film walked away with the main awards.

The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards on Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored James Cameron with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering.

Avatar was the evening's big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. Up was honored with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

The 2010 VES Awards will premiere on Friday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on ReelzChannel.

The following is the complete list of winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture:

  • Avatar - Joe Letteri, Joyce Cox, Eileen Moran, Richard Baneham

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture:

  • Sherlock Holmes - Jonathan Fawkner, Chas Jarrett, David Vickery, Dan Barrow

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture:

  • Up - Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Steve May, Gary Bruins

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special:

  • Disney Prep & Landing - Gadgets, Globes, and other Garish Gizmos - Dorothy McKim, Scott Kersavage, David Hutchins, Kee Suong

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series:

  • Battlestar Galactica Season 4 -Ep. 421 Daybreak - Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Jesse Toves, Dave Morton

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program:

  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation - Ep. 1001 Opening Sequence - Rik Shorten, Sabrina Arnold, Steve Meyer, Derek Smith

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year:

  • Avatar - Neytiri Drinking - Joe Letteri, Joyce Cox, Eileen Moran, Thelvin Cabezas

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial:

  • Audi - Intelligently Combined - Jay Barton, Rafael F. Colon, Ronald Herbst, Chris Fieldhouse

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project:

  • Dance of the Dragons - Eastern - Derry Frost, Michael Morreale

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Gulag Extraction - Mark Rubin, Richard Kriegler, Robert Gaines, David Johnson

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer:

  • Halo 3: ODST - The Life - Robert Moggach, Ryan Meredith, Jens Zalzala, Michael Pardee

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture:

  • Avatar - Neytiri - Joe Letteri, Andrew R. Jones, Jeff Unay, Zoe Saldana

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture:

  • Up - 'Carl'- No Dad Scene - Ed Asner, Ron Zorman, Brian Tindall, Carmen Ngai

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial:

  • AMF - The Caterpillar - Robert Sethi, Jamie O'Hara, Becky Porter, Steve Beck

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture:

  • Up - Jason Johnston, Alexis Angelidis, Jon Reisch, Eric Froemling

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture:

  • Avatar - Pandora - Yvonne Muinde, Brenton Cottman, Peter Baustaedter, Jean-Luc Azzis

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial:

  • Kaiser Permanente - Emerald City - Ben Walker, David Woodland, Kim Taylor, Ben Walsh

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture:

  • Avatar - Samson/Home Tree/Floating Mountains/Ampsuit - Paul Jenness, Rainer Zoettl, John Stevenson-Galvin, Simon Cheung

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture:

  • Avatar - Jungle/Biolume - Eric Saindon, Shadi Almassizadeh, Dan Cox, Ula Rademeyer

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial':

  • V - Pilot "Atrium and Ship Interiors" - Chris Zapara, Chris Irving, David Morton, Trevor Adams

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture:

  • District 9 - Shervin Shogian, Hamish Schumacher, Janeen Elliott, Simon Hughes

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial:

  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation - Ep. 1001 Opening Sequence - Derek Smith, Christina Spring, Steve Meyer, Zach Zaubi

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project:

  • They Will Come to Town - Thilo Ewers

Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.

Up was released May 29th, 2009 and stars Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, John Ratzenberger, David Kaye. The film is directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson.



Sources: Visual Effects Society

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