‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Planet of the Apes’ Lead Visual Effects Nominations

“Game of Thrones” leads all VES Awards nominees with 11 noms in the TV categories

Last Updated: January 16, 2018 @ 10:39 AM

“Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes” led all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards, with “Game of Thrones” topping all TV programs and landing the most nominations overall.

“Blade Runner” and “Planet of the Apes” each scored seven nominations, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars Best Visual Effects category. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were also nominated in that category.

“Game of Thrones” received 11 nominations. “Despicable Me 3” led all animated films in noms with five.

Four of the films that are on the Oscars 10-film shortlist in the VFX category – “Alien: Covenant,” “Okja,” “The Shape of Water” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – did not receive VES nominations.

The VES Awards will take place on February 13 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.

The nominations:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
Darkest Hour
Downsizing
Dunkirk
Mother!
Only the Brave

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
Captain Underpants
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Orientation Part 1
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall
Legion; Chapter 1
Star Trek: Discovery; The Vulcan Hello
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
Black Sails; XXIX
Fear The Walking Dead; Sleigh Ride
Mr. Robot; eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00
Outlander; Eye of the Storm
Taboo; Pilot
Vikings; On the Eve

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Call of Duty: WWII
Fortnite; A Hard Day’s Night
Sonaria
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Kia Niro; Hero’s Journey
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Monster; Opportunity Roars
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Avatar: Flight of Passage
Corona; Paraiso Secreto
Guardians of the Galaxy; Mission: BREAKOUT!
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Nemo and Friends SeaRider
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Rachael
Kong: Skull Island; Kong
War for the Planet of the Apes; Bad Ape
War for the Planet of the Apes; Caesar

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
Coco; Hèctor
Despicable Me 3; Bratt
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garma Mecha Man
The Boss Baby; Boss Baby
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garmadon

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
Black Mirror: Metalhead
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Zombie Polar Bear
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch; Drogon Meets Jon
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Drogon Loot Train Attack

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
Beyond Good and Evil 2; Zhou Yuzhu
Mercedes Benz; King of the Jungle
Netto; The Easter Surprise; Bunny
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; Los Angeles
Blade Runner 2049; Trash Mesa
Blade Runner 2049; Vegas
War for the Planet of the Apes; Hidden Fortress
War for the Planet of the Apes; Prison Camp

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
Cars 3; Abandoned Racetrack
Coco; City of the Dead
Despicable Me 3; Hollywood Destruction
The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Ninjago City

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Assassin’s Creed Origins; City of Memphis
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Still Star-Crossed; City
Stranger Things 2; The Gate

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
Beauty and the Beast; Be Our Guest
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; Groot Dance/Opening Fight
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Crait Surface Battle
Thor: Ragnarok; Valkyrie’s Flashback

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
Despicable Me 3; Dru’s Car
Life; The ISS
US Marines; Anthem; Monument

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
Kong: Skull Island
Only the Brave; Fire & Smoke
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Bombing Run
Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Mega Destroyer Destruction
War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Ferdinand
The Boss Baby

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; The Dragon and the Wolf; Wall Destruction
Heineken; The Trailblazers
Outlander; Eye of the Storm; Stormy Seas

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Approach and Joy Holograms
Kong: Skull Island
Thor: Ragnarok; Bridge Battle
War for the Planet of the Apes

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
Game of Thrones; Beyond the Wall; Frozen Lake
Game of Thrones; Eastwatch
Game of Thrones; The Spoils of War; Loot Train Attack
Star Trek: Discovery

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
Destiny 2; New Legends Will Rise
Nespresso; Comin’ Home
Samsung; Do What You Can’t; Ostrich
Virgin Media; Delivering Awesome

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Creature Pinup
Hybrids
Les Pionniers de l’Univers
The Endless

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