‘Avatar’ Rules at Visual Effects Awards

James Cameron blockbuster wins six awards; “Up” takes three

In one of the least surprising results of any awards show this season, “Avatar” dominated the Visual Effect Society Awards Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel.

On a night when James Cameron also received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, his film won in six different categories, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture and Best Single Visual Effect of the Year.

The only feature film categories in which it did not win were Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture, which went to “District 9,” and Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture, for which it was not eligible, which went to "Sherlock Holmes." 

“Up” won all the prizes for animated features, sweeping those categories.

The VES handed out awards in 23 separate categories, covering a variety of techniques in feature film, television, commercials, videogames and student films. 

AvatarThe awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture: ”Avatar”
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture: “Sherlock Holmes”
Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: “Up”
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year: 
”Avatar” – Neytiri Drinking
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture: “Avatar” – Neytiri

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: “Up” – Carl – “No Dad Scene”

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: “Up”
Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture: “Avatar” – Pandora

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture: “Avatar” – Samson/Home Tree / Floating Mountains / Ampsuit

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture: “Avatar” – Jungle / Biolume
Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture: “District 9”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special: “Disney Prep and Landing” – Gadgets, Globes, and other Garish Gizmos
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series: “Battlestar Galactica,” Season 4, Episode 421 “Daybreak”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program: “CSI Crime Scene Investigation” – Ep. 1001, Opening Sequence
Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial: 
AMF – The Caterpillar
Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial: Kaiser Permanente – Emerald City

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial: “V,” Pilot – Atrium and Ship Interiors
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial: “CSI Crime Scene Investigation” – Episode 1001, Opening Sequenc

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: Audi – Intelligently Combined
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Dance of the Dragons,” Eastern
Derry Frost
Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” – Gulag Extraction
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer: “Halo 3: ODST”
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “They Will Come to Town”

VES Lifetime Achievement Award: James Cameron
George Melies Award for Pioneering: Ed Catmull