Below is a year-by-year listing of nominees and winners of the VES Awards. To view a specific year's nominees & winners, select a year from the drop-down menu and hit apply. To view each category, select the category name.

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the invisible or near-invisible visual effects within a photoreal (i.e., live action) feature motion picture wherein the visual effects, when taken as a whole, are not necessarily essential to the story aspect or an active participant in the story. Supporting visual effects are an incidental and generally invisible part of the visuals and, among other things, may be used to help create the setting, environment, or mood of the film by way of set and/or environment extensions / removals / alterations, lighting and lighting effects, or subtle alterations to actors. Additionally they may be the kind of visual effects that are used for safety in a dangerous visual sequence. They do not consist of any significant CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, and other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual effects-driven or “tent pole” film. Supporting visual effects are generally the type of work that, when viewed by the general public, are not recognized by the untrained eye.

Birdman
Winner
  • Ara Khanikian
  • Ivy Agregan
  • Jake Braver
  • Isabelle Langlois
   
Divergent
  • Jim Berney
  • Greg Baxter
  • Marshall Krasser
  • Matt Dessero
   
The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gabriel Sanchez
  • Jenny Foster
  • Simon Weisse
  • Jan Burda
   
The Imitation Game
  • Stuart Bullen
  • Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor
  • Nic Birmingham
  • Simon Rowe
   
Unbroken
  • Bill George
  • Steve Gaub
  • Erin Dusseault
  • Dave Morley
  • Brian Cox
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within a photoreal (i.e., live action) motion picture where the visual effects are a visible, essential, and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in the motion picture. A rule of thumb for defining whether a motion picture would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of the VFX (including Special Effects). On the whole, the VFX in an effects-driven film would be easily identifiable by the viewing public and professionals working in the VFX field. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Winner
  • Joe Letteri
  • Ryan Stafford
  • Hannah Bianchini
  • Dan Lemmon
  • Matt Kutcher
   
Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Stephane Ceretti
  • Susan Pickett
  • Jonathan Fawkner
  • Nicolas Aithadi
  • Paul Corbould
   
Interstellar
  • Paul Franklin
  • Kevin Elam
  • Ann Podlozny
  • Ian Hunter
  • Scott Fisher
   
Maleficent
  • Carey Villegas
  • Barrie Hemsley
  • Adam Valdez
  • Kelly Port
  • Michael Dawson
   
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Joe Letteri
  • David Conley
  • Eric Saindon
  • Kevin Sherwood
  • Steve Ingram
   
X-Men; Days of Future Past
  • Richard Stammers
  • Blondel Aidoo
  • Lou Pecora
  • Anders Langlands
  • Cameron Waldbauer
   

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the animation within an entire animated motion picture. The animation may be created by traditional cel animation, computer animation, and/or stop motion, as long as it meets the definitions of Animation and Animated Project as stated in the Appendix of this Rules & Procedures. The vocal performance of characters may be taken into consideration along with the visual qualities in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the animation.Title sequences are not eligible in this category

How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Bonnie Arnold
  • Dean DeBlois
  • Dave Walvoord
  • Simon Otto