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No Surprise: ‘Life of Pi’ Dominates the Visual Effects Society Awards

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I think if you asked the staff to guarantee one win on Oscar night, we might all unanimously agree on the visual effects team for Life of Pi being triumphant. Heck, we might have all agreed on that before nominations were even announced. Well it seems thee Visual Effects Society (VES) has confirmed what we already knew, as they handed out four prizes – including the most important: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture – to Ang Lee’s film. To top things off, Lee was honored by the VES as he received the Society’s Visionary Award. Pixar’s Brave also received a boost from the VES. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

The Impossible

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program

Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Nike: Biomorph

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Richard Parker

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave: Merida

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave: The Forest

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

Game of Thrones: Pyke

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

ZombiU

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture

The Avengers: Helicarrier

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Storm of God

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Brave

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program

Guinness: Cloud

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

Life of Pi: Storm of God

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program 

Game of Thrones, Episode 210: White Walker Army

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial

Chevy 2012 Silverado

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Natalis

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Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.

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