Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories and herald the 20th anniversary of the Visual Effects Society.

Winners of the 15th Annual VES Awards: 


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature 

The Jungle Book
Robert Legato, Joyce Cox, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, JD Schwalm


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Deepwater Horizon
Craig Hammack, Petra Holtorf-Stratton, Jason Snell, John Galloway, Burt Dalton


Monkey and Kubo.

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


Digital Domain's VFX for Black Sails.

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 Real-Time Project

Uncharted 4
Bruce Straley, Eben Cook, Iki Ikram


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Hannah Ruddleston, Fabian Frank, William Laban


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 Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book; King Louie
Paul Story, Dennis Yoo, Jack Tema, Andrei Coval


Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory; Hank
Jonathan Hoffman, Steven Clay Hunter, Mark Piretti, Audrey Wong


Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Drogon
James Kinnings, Michael Holzl, Matt Derksen, Joseph Hoback


Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Tim van Hussen, David Bryan, Chloe Dawe, Maximilian Mallmann


ILM: Dr Strange

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; Motunui Island
Rob Dressel, Andy Harkness, Brien Hindman, Larry Wu


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 CroteauAlexandru Banuta


Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

The Jungle Book
Bill Pope, Robert Legato, Gary Roberts, John Brennan


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 a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book; Nature Effects
Oliver Winwood, Fabian Nowak, David Schneider, Ludovic Ramisandraina


Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Moana
Marc Henry Bryant, David Hutchins, Ben Frost, 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 Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book
Christoph Salzmann, Masaki Mitchell, Matthew Adams, Max Stummer


Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell
Dominic Hellier, Morgan Jones, Thijs Noij, Caleb Thompson


Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Tom Harding, Alex Snookes, David Filipe, Andreas Feix


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Breaking Point
Johannes Franz, Nicole Rothermel, Thomas Sali, Alexander Richter


In addition Director Taika Waititi presented the VES Visionary Award to acclaimed producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso.

Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to multiple Academy Award®-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston.

Awards presenters included directors Gareth Edwards and Albert Hughes, Yara Shahidi, Auli’I Cravalho, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Brenton Thwaites.


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