Wednesday, 3 February 2016


As with many of the technical Oscar categories this year, Visual Effects is a tough one to call. But not between Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, as in many cases - instead, it's between Mad Max and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the latter film has received the Visual Effects Society's seal of approval. Indeed, there were awards only for all three films mentioned above in the Photoreal categories,  with The Revenant claiming the Best Supporting Visual Effects award. The Good Dinosaur fairly cleaned up in the Animated categories, missing only one award to fellow Pixar feature Inside OutCheck out VES' nominees here, and their award winners below:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Luke O'Byrne and Patrick Tubach (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Ivy Agregan, Nicolas Chevallier, Richard McBride, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer (The Revenant)

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Matthew Denton, Landis Fields, Cyrus Jam and Joshua Lee - 'BB-8' (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Colin Benoit, Paul Kavanagh, Greg Salter and Yukuhiro Susumu - 'Falcon chase / graveyard' (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
T. C. Harrison, Charles Lai, Donny Rausch and Alan Travis - 'Bear attack' (The Revenant)

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Yannick Dusseault, Quentin Marmier, Justin van der Lek and Mike Wood - 'Falcon chase / graveyard' (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Outstanding Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Dan Bethell, Clinton Downs and Chris Young' - 'Toxic storm' (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
Karin Cooper, Leandro Estebecorena, Gaelle Morand and Matt Shumway - 'The bear' (The Revenant)

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Sanjay Bakshi, Denise Ream, Jon Reisch and Michael Venturini (The Good Dinosaur)

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Matt Kuruc, Tom Miller, David Munier and Matthew Webb - 'The farm' (The Good Dinosaur)

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Hemagiri Arumugam, Michael Hall, Stephen Marshall and Magnus Wrenninge (The Good Dinosaur)

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature
Alexis Angelidis, Tanja Krampfert, Shawn Krause and Jacob Merrell - 'Joy' (Inside Out)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Francesco Faranna and Andreas Feix (Citipati)