‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Coco’, ‘Game of Thrones’ win VES Awards

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Por­tend­ing a pos­si­ble Os­car win, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, was named pho­to­real fea­ture film win­ner at the 16th an­nual Visual Ef­fects So­ci­ety Awards, earn­ing four hon­ors.

‘Coco’ con­tin­ued its jug­ger­naut win­ning streak and took the honor of top an­i­mated fea­ture film; it also earned four awards.

Awards stal­wart ‘Games of Thrones’ got the tro­phy for best pho­to­real episode and gar­nered five awards — the most wins of the event, Va­ri­ety re­ported.

In the area of com­mer­cials, Sam­sung’s ‘Do What You Can’t; Os­trich’ won top hon­ors, scor­ing three awards. These top four con­tenders col­lec­tively gar­nered 16 of the 24 awards for out­stand­ing visual ef­fects at the packed­house event, which took place at the Bev­erly Hil­ton.

In in­di­vid­ual hon­ors, Kevin Feige, pres­i­dent of Mar­vel Stu­dios, pre­sented the VES Life­time Achieve­ment Award to pro­ducer-writer-di­rec­tor Jon Favreau (‘The Jun­gle Book’, the up­com­ing ‘The Lion King’) and pro­ducer Jon Lan­dau gave the Ge­orges Méliès Award to Weta Dig­i­tal visual ef­fects mae­stro Joe Let­teri, whose work spans ‘Avatar’, the ‘Lord of the Rings’ fran­chise and the ‘Planet of the Apes’ se­ries.

Let­teri’s in­tro­duc­tion was ac­com­pa­nied by four videos of praise from ac­tor Andy Serkis, who plays Ce­sar in the ‘Apes’ tril­ogy, and in­dus­try pil­lars Steven Spiel­berg, Pe­ter Jack­son and James Cameron.

In ac­cept­ing his tro­phy, Favreau fully cred­ited his col­lab­o­ra­tors: “You’re giv­ing me an award for all the work that you did,” he said.

Speak­ing to a largely male crowd, VES ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Eric Roth ad­dressed the ele­phant in the room that oc­cu­pies most awards sea­son events these days. “We need more women in the in­dus­try, in visual ef­fects, and in po­si­tions of power,” he said.

Awards pre­sen­ters in­cluded fan fa­vorite ‘Star Wars’ ac­tor Mark Hamill, who made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance; ‘Coco’ di­rec­tor Lee Unkrich; ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ di­rec­tor Matt Reeves; com­poser Diane War­ren; and ac­tors Jaime Camil, Dan Stevens, El­iz­a­beth Hen­stridge, Sy­delle Noel, Katy Mixon and Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Igle­sias.

Co­me­dian Pat­ton Oswalt served as VES Awards host for the sev­enth time to the more than 1,000 guests. The prizes rec­og­nize out­stand­ing visual ef­fects in film, an­i­ma­tion, TV, com­mer­cials, videogames and spe­cial venues.

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