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VES Awards: ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Irishman’ Win Top Prizes

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As per Deadline, the 18th Annual VES Awards were held last night, with “The Lion King” the big winner of the night with three awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. Jon Favreau’s Disney remake was expected to have a good night and has now cemented its place as the frontrunner for the Visual Effects award at the Oscars.

“The Irishman” however did win Supporting Visual Effects and may prove to be a dark horse in this race. The film that uses de-aging technology has clearly impressed those within the Visual Effects Society. Director Martin Scorsese was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” also picked up a win on the night, but neither looks strong enough to topple “The Lion King.”

The other Academy Award nominated films, “1917” and “Avengers: Endgame” went home empty-handed.

Elsewhere in the television categories, the wealth was spread much more evenly. “The Mandalorian,” “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things 3” each won three awards. The commercial “Hennessy: The Seven Worlds” also took home two awards.

Down below are the full list of winners from the night:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Gemini Man”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Lion King”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

“1917”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“The Aeronauts”
“The Irishman”

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

“Frozen 2”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Toy Story 4”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

“Game of Thrones”
“His Dark Materials”
“Lady and The Tramp”
“Lost in Space”
“Stranger Things 3″
“The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

“Chernobyl”
“Living With Yourself”
“See”
“The Crown”
“Vikings”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

“Call of Duty Modern Warfare”
“Control”
“Gears 5″
“Myth: A Frozen Tale”
“Vader Immortal: Episode I”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

“Anthem Conviction”
“BMW Legend”
“Hennessy: The Seven Worlds”
“Playstation: Feel the Power of Pro”
“Purdey’s: Hummingbird”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

“Avengers: Damage Control”
“Jurassic World: The Ride”
“Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run”
“Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”
“Universal Sphere”

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

‘Alita’ , “Alita: Battle Angel”
‘Smart Hulk’ , “Avengers: Endgame”
‘Junior’ , “Gemini Man”
‘Scar’ “The Lion King”

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

‘The Water Nøkk’ , “Frozen 2”
‘Jesper’ , “Klaus”
‘Susan’ , “Missing Link”
‘Bo Peep’ , “Toy Story 4”

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

‘Tramp’, “Lady and The Tramp”
‘Tom/Bruce Monster’, “Stranger Things 3”
‘The Child; Mudhorn’, “The Mandalorian”
‘Pilot; Pogo’, “The Umbrella Academy”

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

‘Mirage’, “Apex Legends; Meltdown”
‘Churchill, “Churchie”
‘Dex’ , “Cyberpunk 2077”
‘Edgar’, “John Lewis; Excitable Edgar”

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

‘Agrabah’, “Aladdin”
‘Iron City’, “Alita: Battle Angel”
‘Penn Station’, “Motherless Brooklyn”
‘Pasaana Desert’, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
‘The Pridelands’, “The Lion King”

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

‘Giants’ Gorge’, “Frozen 2”
‘The Hidden World’, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
‘Passage to India Jungle’, “Missing Link”
‘Antiques Mall’, “Toy Story 4”

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

‘The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza’ , “Game of Thrones”
‘Precipice; The Trench’ , “Lost in Space”
‘The Endless Forest’ , “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”
‘Nevarro Town’ , “The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project

“Alita: Battle Angel”
“The Lion King”
“The Mandalorian”
“Toy Story 4”

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

‘The Resolute’ , “Lost in Space”
‘The Manchuria’ , “Missing Link”
‘Rocket Train’ , “The Man in the High Castle”
‘The Razorcrest’ , “The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

‘Bubble Elephants’ , “Dumbo”
‘Molten Man’ , “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Lion King”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

“Abominable”
“Frozen 2”
‘Water and Waterfalls’ , “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Toy Story 4”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

‘The Bells’ , “Game of Thrones”
“Hennessy: The Seven Worlds”
‘Precipice; Water Planet’ , “Lost in Space”
‘Melting Tom/Bruce’ , “Stranger Things 3”
‘The Child; Mudhorn’ , “The Mandalorian”

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature

“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
‘Young Nick Fury’ , “Captain Marvel”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“The Irishman”

Outstanding Compositing in an Episode

‘The Bells’ , “Game of Thrones”
‘The Long Night; Dragon Battle Ground’ , “Game of Thrones”
‘Starcourt Mall Battle’ , “Stranger Things 3”
‘It’s Summer and We’re Running out of Ice; Looking Glass’ , “Watchmen”

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial

“BMW Legend”
“Feeding America: I Am Hunger in America”
“Hennessy: The Seven Worlds”
“Playstation: Feel the Power of Pro”

Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project

‘Magic Carpet’ , “Aladdin”
‘The Bells’ , “Game of Thrones”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”
‘She Knows All the Secrets’ , “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

“Downfall”
“Love and Fifty Megatons”
“Oeil Pour Oeil”
“The Beauty”

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Written by Bradley Weir

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