Inception, The Pacific and How to Train Your Dragon win big at VES Awards 2011

Inception Takes Home Awards in all Four Nominated Categories as the
Night’s Most Honored Project.
How to Train Your Dragon and “The Pacific” Both Take Home
Three Awards.

    Los Angeles, February 1, 2011 - The Visual Effects Society announced the
winners of the 9th Annual VES Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
Beverly Hills, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects
in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and
video games.
Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from
the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored Christopher Nolan
with the inaugural VES Visionary Award and Ray Harryhausen with the Lifetime
Achievement Award. Inception’s Tom Hardy was on hand to present the award
to Nolan while Harryhausen was feted by video tributes throughout the evening.
Randy Cook and Dennis Muren presented from the stage to Harryhausen who
appeared via video to thank VES for this honor. The event was hosted by Patton
Oswalt.


    Inception was the evening’s most honored project with four awards including
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. The
animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon was honored with three awards
including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture---both
films winning in every nominated category. Television’s big winner was “The
Pacific,” also grabbing three honors.
The 9th Annual VES Awards will premiere on REELZCHANNEL Saturday,
February 19, 2011 at 10p ET/PT with encore presentations throughout February.


    The following is the complete list of winners of the 9th Annual VES Awards:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hereafter
Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec


Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
The Pacific
John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves


Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire
Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff


Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Halo: Reach
Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar


Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury's Spots V Stripes
Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White


Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Halo: Reach
Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.


Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson


Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins


Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas


Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II - Sarah Kerrigan
Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange


Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller


Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen


Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific - The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich


Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock


Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire - The Ivory Tower
J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald


Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier


Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific - Peleliu landing
Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
Regina Welker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay

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