×

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Leads Visual Effects Society Nominations

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” leads the feature film nominations with seven nods, followed by “Doctor Strange” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” with six apiece.

“Kubo” is also top animated film contender. Two Disney films, “Finding Dory” and “Moana,” follow with four nominations.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” leads the television field and has the most nominations overall with 11 — eight for the dramatic “Battle of the Bastards” episode alone.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston. Ralston’s has five Oscars: a Special Achievement Oscar for “Return of the Jedi,” and four Best Effects awards for “Cocoon,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Death Becomes Her,” and “Forrest Gump.”

The Visionary Award will be presented to producer and Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Physical Production Victoria Alonso.

“The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual effects practitioners around the world have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said Mike Chambers, Visual Effects Society Chair.  “We are seeing best in field work that elevates the art of storytelling and engages the audience in new and innovative ways.  The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our nominees!”

The 15th Annual VES Awards will be held on February 7th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The awards recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors. The event also marks the 20th anniversary of the Visual Effects Society.

A complete list of nominees can be found here.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Doctor Strange”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
“The Jungle Book”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Allied”
“Deepwater Horizon”
“Jason Bourne”
“Silence”
“Sully”

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
“Finding Dory”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“The Little Prince”
“Zootopia”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Black Mirror” — “Playtest”
Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”
“Stranger Things” — “Demogorgon”
“The Expanse” — “Salvage”
“Westworld” — “The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Black Sails” — “XX”
“Penny Dreadful” — “The Day Tennyson Died”
“Roots” — “Night One”
“The Man in the High Castle” — “Volkshalle”
“Vikings” — “The Last Ship”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare”
“Dishonored 2 — Crack in the Slab”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Virtual Reality”
“Gears of War 4”
“Quantum Break”
“Uncharted 4”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Coke Mini — A Mini Marvel
For Honor
John Lewis — Buster the Boxer
Titanfall 2 — Become One
Waitrose — Coming Home

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
“Dream of Anhui”
“Pirates of the Caribbean — Battle for the Sunken Treasure”
“Soarin’ Over the Horizon”
“Skull Island: Reign of Kong”
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience”

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; Niffler
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Grand Moff Tarkin
“The Jungle Book”; King Louie
“The Jungle Book”; Shere Khan
“Warcraft”; Durotan

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature
“Finding Dory”; Hank
“Kubo and the Two Strings”; Kubo
“Kubo and the Two Strings”; Monkey
“Moana”; The Mighty Maui

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project
“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” — Omar
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Game of Thrones” — Battle of the Bastards — Drogon
“Game of Thrones” — “Home”; Emaciated Dragon

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial
John Lewis — Buster the Boxer
Opel Motorsport — Racing Faces — Lion
SSE — Neon House — Baby Pixel
Waitrose — Coming Home

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
“Deadpool”; Freeway Assault
“Doctor Strange”; London
“Doctor Strange”; New York City
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Scarif Complex

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
“Finding Dory”; Open Ocean Exhibit
“Kubo and the Two Strings”; Hanzo’s Fortress
“Kubo and the Two Strings”; Waves
“Moana”; Motonui Island

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
“Black Sails” — “XXVIII”; Maroon Island
“Dishonored 2”; Clockwork Mansion
“Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”; Meereen City
“Game of Thrones” — “The Winds of Winter”; Citadel
“The Man in the High Castle”; Volkshalle

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
“Doctor Strange”; New York Mirror Dimension
“Game of Thrones”; Battle of the Bastards
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Space Battle
“The Jungle Book”

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
“Deepwater Horizon”; Deepwater Horizon Rig
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Princess Leia
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Star Destroyer
“Star Trek Beyond”; Enterprise

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
“Alice Through the Looking Glass”; Rust
“Doctor Strange”; Hong Kong Reverse Destruction
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Jedha Destruction
“The Jungle Book”; Nature Effects

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
“Finding Dory”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”; Water
“Moana”
“Zootopia”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
“Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”
“Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”; Meereen City
John Lewis — Buster the Boxer
Sky — Q

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
Doctor Strange — New York City
Independence Day: Resurgence — Under The Mothership
The Jungle Book
X-Men: Apocalypse — Quicksilver Rescue

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
“Black Sails” — “XX”; Sailing Ships
“Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”; Meereen City
“Game of Thrones” — “Battle of the Bastards”; Retaking Winterfell
“Game of Thrones” — “The Door”; Land of Always Winter

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Canal — Kitchen
John Lewis — Buster the Boxer
Kenzo — Kenzo World
LG — World of Play
Waitrose — Coming Home

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
“Breaking Point”
“Elemental”
“Garden Party”
“Shine”

More Artisans

  • Jeff Goldblum performs in a sketch

    Inside the High-Pressure World of Late-Night Talk-Show Prop Demands

    Television production is an area where “Hurry up and wait” is a common refrain. However, for the prop teams that work on late-night talk shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” that’s not an option. They typically have only a matter of hours to deliver what’s necessary. Lou A. [...]

  • Smithsonian Handmaids Tale Costume

    Why the Smithsonian Chose to Enshrine 'Handmaid's Tale' Servant Costume

    The iconic red-caped, white-bonneted outfits worn by Elisabeth Moss and the other childbearing servants in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” created by costume designer Ane Crabtree, have become that show’s signature visual.  Hulu immediately knew it had a good thing, hiring groups of women around the country to parade in the garments to promote the show. [...]

  • Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by

    Why 'Missing Link's' Title Character Was One of Laika's Biggest Challenges

    Stop-motion studio Laika pushes design boundaries in every film it makes, and the lead character in “Missing Link” is no exception. “It became pretty apparent that [the character] Link was going to be the cornerstone,” says director and writer Chris Butler. “I did this rough drawing many years ago, and it was basically like a [...]

  • Missing Link Laika Studios

    New 3D-Printing Technology Was 'Missing Link' for Laika's Latest Stop-Motion Project

    For the upcoming animated comedy adventure “Missing Link,” stop-motion studio Laika set the bar very high. To execute the designs created by director and writer Chris Butler, artists would have to speed up their 3D printing of character faces — and those faces would have to be the most complex they’d ever created. “Missing Link” [...]

  • The Old Man and the Gun

    Ohio’s Midwest Locations and Flexible Tax Credit Lure Producers

    With its small towns, rolling farmlands and industrial cities, Ohio embodies the American Midwest. Other location lures for filmmakers include the shore along Lake Erie, the campus of Ohio State University, the striking skyline of Cincinnati and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The Buckeye State also provides producers with a 30% [...]

  • Nancy Schreiber Mapplethorpe Cinematographer

    DP Nancy Schreiber Captures Life of Artist Robert Mapplethorpe in Grimy Gotham

    Don’t tell cinematographer Nancy Schreiber that she’s having a renaissance. That would imply there’ve been slumps in her long career, and she won’t have any of that, even if for a time she was taking smaller jobs as the gaps widened between larger gigs. “It’s never been about the money, for me,” says Schreiber over [...]

  • What Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga Share:

    LeRoy Bennett Keeps Top Acts Like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande in the Spotlight

    You might say that LeRoy Bennett is a shining light among lighting and production designers for pop music. Doing double duty creating both touring sets and their illumination, he started out with a 14-year run as Prince’s collaborator, went on to work with Nine Inch Nails and Madonna and has counted Beyoncé’s and Bruno Mars’ [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content