And the Winners are …

On set of 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR 2. Photo by Mark Fellman.

Avatar: The Way of Water won the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 95th annual Academy Awards. The Oscar went to Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett. This is  Joe’s 5th Academy Award, having won previously for:

  • 2010 Best Visual Effects Oscar –  Avatar (2009)
  • 2006 Best Visual Effects Oscar – King Kong (2005)
  • 2004 Best Visual Effects Oscar – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • 2003 Best Visual Effects Oscar  – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Richard Baneham had also previously won an Oscar for his work on Avatar in 2010. This is Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett’s first Oscar wins, after multiple nominations each.

Lo’ak (Britain Dalton) in  AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER.

Click here for our Avatar interview with Joe Letteri and click here for our Eric Saindon Interview

The Other Visual Effects 2023 Nominees were

All Quiet on the Western Front

Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank, and Kamil Jafar

The Batman

Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands, and Dominic Tuohy

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, and Dan Sudick

Top Gun: Maverick

Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, and Scott R. Fisher

In an incredibly strong year of VFX nominations, we congratulate all the artists who worked on each of this year’s films.


As A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once was one of the evening’s biggest winners, including three historic acting wins – check out our fxpodcast with their VFX crew.

Best Animated Feature Film

Congrats also to the winner of Best Animated Feature film: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix) with the Oscar going to Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley.