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