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.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
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
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men; Days of Future Past
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