'Inception' Tops Visual Effects Society Awards
Christopher Nolan's film takes home four trophies,
while "How to Train Your Dragon" sweeps
the feature animation categories.
more at: Inception took top honors at the ninth annual Visual Effects Society Awards, winning the top category of outstanding visual effects in a VFX-driven feature, as well as three other awards. How to Train Your Dragon swept the feature animation categories, winning a total of three, including outstanding animation in an animated feature, at the ceremony held Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton. Additional winners in the feature categories included Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Hereafter. Hereafter won outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature, and Harry Potter won outstanding animated character in a live-action feature. The VES Awards point the way toward the eventual winner of the best visual effects Oscar. Each year since the VES Awards were established in 2002, the winner in the top category has gone on to win the visual effects Oscar, with just two exceptions. In 2005, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban won the VES Award, and Spider-Man 2 earned the corresponding Oscar, and in 2008, Transformers won the VES Award, and The Golden Compass claimed the Oscar with a surprise win. In past years, the Academy's visual effects branch nominated three films in the category. This year for the first time, the Academy nominated five in the VFX category, and insiders will be watching how this broader selection might affect the outcome of the Oscar race. At the VES Awards, Christopher Nolan was also honored as the recipient of the inaugural VES Visionary Award and Ray Harryhausen was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
'Inception' Tops Visual Effects Society Awards - The Hollywood Reporter