“Rango” was the evening’s most honored project at the Visual Effects Society’s 10th Annual VES Awards, held Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The film won four awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.
For Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture, Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez and Katie Lynch were singled out. Frank Gravatt, Kevin Martel, Brian Paik and Steve Walton were recognized for their work on the title character in Rango, recognized as the Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.
The Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture was Rango’s Main Street Dirt, created by John Bell, Polly Ing, Martin Murphy and Russell Paul. Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture went to Rango’s The Dirt Saloon, created by Colin Benoit, Philippe Rebours, Nelson Sepulveda and Nick Walker.
The award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture went to Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Visual effects were by Daniel Barrett, Florian Fernandez, Matthew Muntean and Eric Reynolds.
For Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial, the winner was Canal + The Bear. Laurent Creusot, Guillaume Ho, Olivier Mitonneau and Michal Nauzin were honored.
Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Dark of the Moon all took home two awards in the Feature Motion Picture categories, while Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones each garnered a pair of awards in the Television categories.
Stan Lee received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award at the show, which was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Antonio Banderas, Lou Ferrigno, directors Chris Miller, Marc Webb and Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and a host of luminaries were on hand to present awards. A surprise appearance by Martin Scorsese, whose film Hugo received two awards, was one of the evening’s highlights.
The VES Awards recognize outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, TV, commercials, special venues and video games. More than a thousand attendees — filmmakers, producers, directors and members of the visual effects community — gathered to recognize the year’s best work and the artists who created it.
The 10th Annual VES Awards will air exclusively on Reelzchannel on Sunday, February 19 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, with encore presentations throughout February. For more information on the VES Awards and the Visual Effects Society, visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.