Jimmy Kimmel presented the VES Award for Creative Excellence to award-winning creators-executive producers-writers-directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Evan Rachel Wood presented the VES Visionary Award to acclaimed writer-director-producer Jonathan Nolan. And Steve Carell presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar®-nominated producer and founder and CEO of Illumination Chris Meledandri. Avengers: Infinity War was named the photoreal feature winner, garnering four awards. Spider‐Man: Into the Spider‐Verse was named top animated film, winning four awards. Lost in Space was named best photoreal episode and also garnered four awards. Awards presenters also included: James Marsden, Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird, Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, legendary director-producer Roger Corman, Allen Leech, Suzanne Cryer, Thomas Middleditch and Sydney Sweeney.

Date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Location: 
Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of vision, artistry, invention and innovation.
Visionary Award
Awarded for uniquely and consistently employing the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.
VES Award for Creative Excellence

Awarded for uniquely and consistently employing the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.

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Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 17th Annual VES Awards. A sortable list for ALL years of VES Award winners / nominees can be found on the Previous VES Awards page. 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

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 essential to the story. Supporting visual effects are generally used to help create the setting, environment, or mood of the film and may include extensive recreations of realistic historical settings. They may include set or lighting changes, CG or practical real vehicles, real-world alterations to actors, and limited surrealistic or expressionistic effects. Action sequences and destruction are allowed only if they are real-world and not critical to the story. Supporting visual effects do not consist of any non-human CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, extensive stunts and Special Effects, or other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual-effects-driven or “tentpole” film. Supporting visual effects are generally the type of work that, when viewed by the general public, are not recognized by the untrained eye.

12 Strong
  • Roger Nall
  • Robert Weaver
  • Mike Meinardus
   
Bird Box
  • Marcus Taormina
  • David Robinson
  • Mark Bakowski
  • Sophie Dawes
  • Mike Meinardus
   
Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Paul Norris
  • Tim Field
  • May Leung
  • Andrew Simmonds
   
First Man
Winner
  • Paul Lambert
  • Kevin Elam
  • Tristan Myles
  • Ian Hunter
  • JD Schwalm
   
Outlaw King
  • Alex Bicknell
  • Dan Bethell
  • Greg O'Connor
  • Stefano Pepin
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

This award is to honor the technical and artistic achievement of the animation and visual effects in a non-demonstration project rendered largely with a real-time engine. Only content that has been rendered in real time at a minimum of 24fps will be considered, and if requested the Submitter must be able to demonstrate the real-time rendering to the Committee; however, animation within the project may be captured, keyframed, interactive, or any combination thereof. Real-time visual effects and animation are defined as including, but not limited to, characters, effects, animation, environments, and lighting as long as they meet the criteria stated in the Glossary of these Rules & Procedures. All projects should reference the systems in the Before & Afters that generated the real-time renders shown in the Work To Be Considered.

Pre-rendered “cinematics” or other elements that are rendered outside a game engine are not eligible for this category, nor are real-time projects created for education or demonstration purposes. Stage productions should show the audience’s POV of the projectin the Before & Afters.

Regardless of source, all submissions for the VES Awards must be in the appropriate specifications laid out below. No special facilities will be made available to nomination judges and members for interactivity, VR, 3D, or other setups.

Age of Sail
Winner
  • John Kahrs
  • Kevin Dart
  • Cassidy Curtis
  • Theresa Latzko
   
Cycles
  • Jeff Gipson
  • Nicholas Russell
  • Lauren Nicole Brown
  • Jorge E. Ruiz Cano
   
Dr. Grordbort's Invaders
  • Greg Broadmore
  • Mhairead Connor
  • Steve Lambert
  • Simon Baker
   
God of War
  • Maximilian Vaughn Ancar
  • Corey Teblum
  • Kevin Huynh
  • Paolo Surricchio
   
Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Grant Hollis
  • Daniel He Wang
  • Seth Faske
  • Abdul Bezrati
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a single episode of a photoreal (i.e., live action) Series, Mini-Series, Movie, or Special. This category is for a body of work created for a single broadcast episode by an individual artist or team of artists. 

Altered Carbon
  • Jean-François Leroux
  • Reece Sanders
  • Stephen Bennett
  • Laraib Atta
   
Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue
Winner
  • David Wahlberg
  • Douglas Roshamn
  • Sofie Ljunggren
  • Fredrik Lönn
   
Silicon Valley; Artificial Emotional Intelligence; Fiona
  • Tim Carras
  • Michael Eng
  • Shiying Li
  • Bill Parker
   
The Handmaid's Tale
  • Winston Lee
  • Gwen Zhang
  • Xi Luo
  • Kevin Quatman
   

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

This award is to honor the achievement of visual effects created through simulation in aphotoreal (i.e., live action) or animated commercialbroadcast program, or video game. The award is for a body of work, and all simulated effects in the project will be considered. Simulated effects are dynamic effects that generally include particle, dynamic, fluid, cloth, hair, and crowd simulations. The effects may interact with, or be elements that make up, the characters, set elements and environments with which they coexist. The Before & Aftersmust demonstrate the simulation processes used to create the effects presented for consideration. 

Altered Carbon
Winner
  • Philipp Kratzer
  • Daniel Fernandez
  • Xavier Lestourneaud
  • Andrea Rosa
   
Lost in Space; Jupiter is Falling
  • Denys Shchukin
  • Heribert Raab
  • Michael Billette
  • Jaclyn Stauber
   
Lost in Space; The Get Away
  • Juri Bryan
  • Will Elsdale
  • Hugo Medda
  • Maxime Marline
   
The Man in the High Castle; Statue of Liberty Destruction
  • Saber Jlassi
  • Igor Zanic
  • Nick Chamberlain
  • Chris Parks
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

This award is to honor the achievement of the visual effects within a single episode of aphotoreal (i.e., live action) episodic broadcast series, a mini-series or Special where the visual effects are a visible, essential, and integral part of the story and play a principal and active role in the show. A rule of thumb for defining whether a series would be considered effects-driven would be to ask if the story could be told without the active participation of extensive digital effects, Special Effects, effects-enhanced stunts, practical effects, or nonhuman CG characters. The general public would easily identify the VFX in effects-driven series, whether they are made for pay cable, standard cable, broadcast, or streaming.

Altered Carbon; Out of the Past
  • Everett Burrell
  • Tony Meagher
  • Steve Moncur
  • Christine Lemon
  • Joel Whist
   
Krypton; The Phantom Zone
  • Ian Markiewicz
  • Jennifer Wessner
  • Niklas Jacobson
  • Martin Pelletier
   
Lost in Space; Danger, Will Robinson
Winner
  • Jabbar Raisani
  • Terron Pratt
  • Niklas Jacobson
  • Joao Sita
   
The Terror; Go For Broke
  • Frank Petzold
  • Lenka Líkařová
  • Viktor Muller
  • Pedro Sabrosa
   
Westworld; The Passenger
  • Jay Worth
  • Elizabeth Castro
  • Bruce Branit
  • Joe Wehmeyer
  • Michael Lantieri
   

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in aphotoreal (i.e., live action) motion picture that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. Created environments are defined as either completely artificial environments, or the significant enhancement of an existing practical set or location through the addition of elements not present during photography. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

This category judges not only the techniques for creating the environment, but also their integration with any practical plate photography. Before & Afters must show the integration of the multiple elements used to create the environment.

All entries must focus on one contiguous environment and be consistent in scope by featuring either breadth or detail, but not both. For example, an entire city or large environment should be shown largely in flyovers and wide shots.  Smaller, more intimate environments, such as a forest environment or building interior should be confined to a single setting of the immediate surroundings.

Ant-Man and the Wasp; Journey to the Quantum Realm
  • Florian Witzel
  • Harsh Mistri
  • Yuri Serizawa
  • Can Yuksel
   
Aquaman; Atlantis
  • Quentin Marmier
  • Aaron Barr
  • Jeffrey De Guzman
  • Ziad Shureih
   
Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel
Winner
  • Mert Yamak
  • Stanley Wong
  • Joana Garrido
  • Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu
   
Solo: A Star Wars Story; Vandor Planet
  • Julian Foddy
  • Christoph Ammann
  • Clément Gérard
  • Pontus Albrecht
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a photoreal (i.e., live action) Commercial. This category is for a body of work created for a single commercial by an individual artist or team of artists. 

Main title sequences are not eligible in this category.

Apple; Unlock
  • Morten Vinther
  • Michael Gregory
  • Gustavo Bellon
  • Rodrigo Jimenez
   
Apple; Welcome Home
Winner
  • Michael Ralla
  • Steve Drew
  • Alejandro Villabon
  • Peter Timberlake
   
Genesis; G90 Facelift
  • Neil Alford
  • Jose Caballero
  • Joseph Dymond
  • Greg Spencer
   
John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano
  • Kamen Markov
  • Pratyush Paruchuri
  • Kalle Kohlstrom
  • Daniel Benjamin
   

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

This award is to honor the outstanding use of the totality of cinematographic techniques of camera and lighting in mostly or fully CG shots within a photoreal (i.e., live action) project. The award recognizes the collaboration among traditional cinematographers and visual effects artists. In addition, this may include vfx, previs, lighting, and layout artists. Theproject may be computer-generated or photographed, but the shots being submitted must be mostly or fully CG and appear photographic, and any non-CG elements must have been re-lit or similarly altered. The Before & Afters must show the development of the cinematography of the shots and may include previs, mocap, layout and lighting. Modeling, particle effects, and texturing are not to be considered except as how they affect the cinematography. This category is open to any motion media that meets the minimum length and distribution standards defined in the Glossary for Motion Media Project.

Aquaman; Third Act Battle
  • Claus Pedersen
  • Mohammad Rastkar
  • Cedric Lo
  • Ryan McCoy
   
Echo; Time Displacement
  • Victor Perez
  • Tomas Tjernberg
  • Tomas Wall
  • Marcus Dineen
   
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Gyrosphere Escape
  • Pawl Fulker
  • Matt Perrin
  • Oscar Faura
  • David Vickery
   
Ready Player One; New York Race
Winner
  • Daniele Bigi
  • Edmund Kolloen
  • Mathieu Vig
  • Jean-Baptiste Noyau
   
Welcome to Marwen; Town of Marwen
  • C. Kim Miles
  • Matthew A. Ward
  • Ryan Beagan
  • Marc Chu
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

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 extensive digital effects, Special Effects, effects-enhanced stunts, practical effects, or nonhuman CG characters. On the whole, effects-driven films may be “tent-pole” or “independent”, but they are not possible to make without effects and the general public would easily identify the VFX.

Avengers: Infinity War
Winner
  • Dan DeLeeuw
  • Jen Underdahl
  • Kelly Port
  • Matt Aitken
  • Dan Sudick
   
Christopher Robin
  • Chris Lawrence
  • Steve Gaub
  • Michael Eames
  • Glenn Melenhorst
  • Chris Corbould
   
Ready Player One
  • Roger Guyett
  • Jennifer Meislohn
  • David Shirk
  • Matthew E. Butler
  • Neil Corbould
   
Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rob Bredow
  • Erin Dusseault
  • Matthew Shumway
  • Patrick Tubach
  • Dominic Tuohy
   
Welcome to Marwen
  • Kevin Baillie
  • Sandra Scott
  • Seth Hill
  • Marc Chu
  • James Paradis
   

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

This award honors an outstanding single physical or digital model in any photoreal (i.e., live action) or animated motion media project. Features, Programs, Commercials, Special Venue Projects, and Real-Time Projects are all eligible in this category. A model may be of a living thing, inanimate object, or animated vehicle, but may not also be entered in any Created Environment or Animated Character Category.

The model may have been created virtually, physically, or any combination thereof, and may use any scale. Large environments such as cities may not be entered in this Category even if rendered as a single model. The model’s artistry, detail, textures, animation and lighting are to be considered. An entry may include multiples of the same model with minor variations, such as scale and features, but must have been created by the same team. 

Avengers: Infinity War; Nidavellir Forge Megastructure
  • Chad Roen
  • Ryan Rogers
  • Jeff Tetzlaff
  • Ming Pan
   
Incredibles 2; Underminer Vehicle
  • Neil Blevins
  • Philip Metschan
  • Kevin Singleton
   
Mortal Engines; London
Winner
  • Matthew Sandoval
  • James Ogle
  • Nick Keller
  • Sam Tack
   
Ready Player One; DeLorean DMC-12
  • Giuseppe Bufalo
  • Kim Lindqvist
  • Mauro Giacomazzo
  • William Gallyot
   
Solo: A Star Wars Story; Millennium Falcon
  • Masa Narita
  • Steve Walton
  • David Meny
  • James Clyne
   

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

This award is to honor outstanding achievement in compositing multiple elements into a final visual effect shot or group of shots in a photoreal (i.e., live action) feature motion picture. This category is for a body of work created for a single motion picture by an individual artist or team of artists. 

Multiple entries from the same project are eligible provided the compositing teams are 100% different and the shots being submitted are completely different. 

Title sequences are eligible as long as they are submitted in textless form so as not to conflict with any other awards rule, and they are part of the storytelling and are not a specially designed separate animated title sequence in a live action project

Animated films are not eligible in this category.

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Winner
  • Sabine Laimer
  • Tim Walker
  • Tobias Wiesner
  • Massimo Pasquetti
   
First Man
  • Joel Delle-Vergin
  • Peter Farkas
  • Miles Lauridsen
  • Francesco Dell'Anna
   
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • John Galloway
  • Enrik Pavdeja
  • David Nolan
  • Juan Espigares Enriquez
   
Welcome to Marwen
  • Woei Lee
  • Saul Galbiati
  • Max Besner
  • Thai-Son Doan
   

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

This award is to honor the achievement of visual effects created through simulation in aphotoreal (i.e., live action) feature motion picture. The award is for a body of work, and all simulated effects in the project will be considered. Simulated effects are dynamic effects that generally include particle, dynamic, fluid, cloth, hair, and crowd simulations. The effects may interact with, or be elements that make up, the characters, set elements and environments with which they coexist. The Before & Afters must demonstrate the simulation processes used to create the effects presented for consideration.

Multiple entries from the same project are eligible provided the artistic teams are 100% different and the shots being submitted are completely different.

Title sequences are eligible as long as they are submitted in textless form so as not to conflict with any other awards rule, and they are part of the storytelling and are not a specially designed separate animated title sequence in a live action project

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan
Winner
  • Gerardo Aguilera
  • Ashraf Ghoniem
  • Vasilis Pazionis
  • Hartwell Durfor
   
Avengers: Infinity War; Wakanda
  • Florian Witzel
  • Adam Lee
  • Miguel Perez Senent
  • Francisco Rodriguez
   
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • Dominik Kirouac
  • Chloé Ostiguy
  • Christian Gaumond
   
Venom
  • Aharon Bourland
  • Jordan Walsh
  • Aleksandar Chalyovski
  • Federico Frassinelli
   

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in aphotoreal (i.e., live action) or animated Program, Commercial, or Real-Time Project that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. Created environments are defined as either completely artificial environments, or the significant enhancement of an existing practical set or location through the addition of elements not present during photography. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

This category judges not only the techniques for creating the environment, but also their integration with any practical plate photography. Before & Afters must show the integration of the multiple elements used to create the environment. If the project is animated, then the environment should clearly match the style and complexity of the rest of the elements.

All entries must focus on one contiguous environment and be consistent in scope by featuring either breadth or detail, but not both. For example, an entire city or large environment should be shown largely in flyovers and wide shots.  Smaller, more intimate environments, such as a forest environment or building interior should be confined to a single setting of the immediate surroundings.

Cycles; The House
  • Michael R.W. Anderson
  • Jeff Gipson
  • Jose Luis Gomez Diaz
  • Edward Everett Robbins III
   
Lost in Space; Pilot; Impact Area
Winner
  • Philip Engström
  • Kenny Vähäkari
  • Jason Martin
  • Martin Bergquist
   
The Deuce; 42nd St
  • John Bair
  • Vance Miller
  • Jose Marin
  • Steve Sullivan
   
The Handmaid's Tale; June; Fenway Park
  • Patrick Zentis
  • Kevin McGeagh
  • Leo Bovell
  • Zachary Dembinski
   
The Man in the High Castle; Reichsmarschall Ceremony
  • Casi Blume
  • Michael Eng
  • Ben McDougal
  • Sean Myers
   

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

This award is to honor the overall achievement of the invisible, or near-invisible visual effects within a single episode of a photoreal (i.e., live action) episodic series, mini-series, movie or special where the visual effects, when taken as a whole, are not necessarily essential to the story. Supporting visual effects are generally used to help create the setting, environment, or mood of the series and may include extensive recreations of realistic historical settings. They may include set or lighting changes, CG or practical vehicles, real-world alterations to actors, and limited surrealistic or expressionistic effects. Action sequences and destruction are allowed only if they are real-world and not critical to the story. Supporting visual effects do not consist of any non-human CG characters, science fiction or fantasy elements, extensive stunts and Special Effects, or other highly visible effects that one would expect to see in a visual-effects-driven series. Supporting visual effects are generally the type of work that, when viewed by the general public, are not recognized by the untrained eye.

Effects-driven series may not enter their “invisible” effects in this category.

The Alienist; The Boy on the Bridge
  • Kent Houston
  • Wendy Garfinkle
  • Steve Murgatroyd
  • Drew Jones
  • Paul Stephenson
   
The Deuce; We're All Beasts
  • Jim Rider
  • Steven Weigle
  • John Bair
  • Aaron Raff
   
The First; Near and Far
  • Karen Goulekas
  • Eddie Bonin
  • Roland Langschwert
  • Bryan Godwin
  • Matthew James Kutcher
   
The Handmaid's Tale; June
  • Brendan Taylor
  • Stephen Lebed
  • Winston Lee
  • Leo Bovell
   
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan; Pilot
Winner
  • Erik Henry
  • Matt Robken
  • Bobo Skipper
  • Deak Ferrand
  • Pau Costa Moeller
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

This award considers all animation techniques to be a part of visual effects, and honors the overall technical achievement of the animation within an entire Animated Feature. This award recognizes the craftsmanship of the animation which best conveys the entirety of the setting, mood, and action, thereby defining the film’s overall visual and emotive effectiveness.

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
  • Pierre Leduc
  • Janet Healy
  • Bruno Chauffard
  • Milo Riccarand
   
Incredibles 2
  • Brad Bird
  • John Walker
  • Rick Sayre
  • Bill Watral
   
Isle of Dogs
  • Mark Waring
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Tim Ledbury
  • Lev Kolobov
   
Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Scott Kersavage
  • Bradford Simonsen
  • Ernest J. Petti
  • Cory Loftis
   
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Winner
  • Joshua Beveridge
  • Christian Hejnal
  • Danny Dimian
  • Bret St. Clair
   

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

This award is to honor the overall performance and technical execution of a single animated character in a Photoreal (i.e., live action) or Animated Commercial. All entrants must have contributed directly to the performance of the character itself (e.g. voicing, animating, rigging, texturing, or lighting, but not environment, compositing or layout). The character may not include live action elements unless they do not significantly affect the performance.

McDonald's; Bobbi the Reindeer
  • Gabriela Ruch Salmeron
  • Joe Henson
  • Andrew Butler
  • Joel Best
   
Overkill's The Walking Dead; Maya
  • Jonas Ekman
  • Goran Milic
  • Jonas Skoog
  • Henrik Eklundh
   
Peta; Best Friend; Lucky
  • Bernd Nalbach
  • Emanuel Fuchs
  • Sebastian Plank
  • Christian Leitner
   
Volkswagen, Born Confident; Bam
Winner
  • David Bryan
  • Chris Welsby
  • Fabian Frank
  • Chloe Dawe
   

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

This award is to honor the overall performance and technical execution of a single animated character in a Photoreal (i.e., live action) Feature. All entrants must have contributed directly to the performance of the character itself (e.g. voicing, animating, rigging, texturing, or lighting, but not environment, compositing or layout). The character may not include live action elements unless they do not significantly affect the performance.

Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos
Winner
  • Jan Philip Cramer
  • Darren Hendler
  • Paul Story
  • Sidney Kombo-Kintombo
   
Christopher Robin; Tigger
  • Arslan Elver
  • Kayn Garcia
  • Laurent Laban
  • Mariano Mendiburu
   
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Indoraptor
  • Jance Rubinchik
  • Ted Lister
  • Yannick Gillain
  • Keith Ribbons
   
Ready Player One; Art3mis
  • David Shirk
  • Brian Cantwell
  • Jung-Seung Hong
  • Kim Ooi
   

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

This award is to honor the overall achievement of a single created environment in an Animated Feature that best creates an illusion of setting for the story being told. The environment may occur more than once in the project and under different conditions, but must be the same environment, created by the exact same team.

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Whoville
  • Loic Rastout
  • Ludovic Ramière
  • Henri Deruer
  • Nicolas Brack
   
Incredibles 2; Parr House
  • Christopher M. Burrows
  • Philip Metschan
  • Michael Rutter
  • Joshua West
   
Ralph Breaks the Internet; Social Media District
  • Benjamin Min Huang
  • Jon Kim Krummel II
  • Gina Warr Lawes
  • Matthias Lechner
   
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City
Winner
  • Terry Park
  • Bret St. Clair
  • Kimberly Liptrap
  • Dave Morehead
   

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

This award is to honor the overall performance and technical execution of a single animated character in an Animated Feature. All entrants must have contributed directly to the performance of the character itself (e.g. voicing, animating, rigging, texturing, or lighting, but not environment, compositing or layout). The character may not include live action elements unless they do not significantly affect the performance.

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; The Grinch
  • David Galante
  • François Boudaille
  • Olivier Luffin
  • Yarrow Cheney
   
Incredibles 2; Helen Parr
  • Michal Makarewicz
  • Ben Porter
  • Edgar Rodriguez
  • Kevin Singleton
   
Ralph Breaks the Internet; Ralphzilla
  • Dong Joo Byun
  • Dave K. Komorowski
  • Justin Sklar
  • Le Joyce Tong
   
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales
Winner
  • Marcos Kang
  • Chad Belteau
  • Humberto Rosa
  • Julie Bernier Gosselin
   

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

This award is to honor the overall performance and technical execution of a single animated character in a Photoreal (i.e., live action) or Animated Episode of a Series, Mini-Series, or Special, or in a Real-Time Project. All entrants must have contributed directly to the performance of the character itself (e.g. voicing, animating, rigging, texturing, or lighting, but not environment, compositing or layout). The character may not include live action elements unless they do not significantly affect the performance.

Cycles; Rae
  • Jose Luis Gomez Diaz
  • Edward Everett Robbins III
  • Jorge E. Ruiz Cano
  • Jose Luis -Weecho- Velasquez
   
Lost in Space; Humanoid
Winner
  • Chad Shattuck
  • Paul Zeke
  • Julia Flanagan
  • Andrew McCartney
   
Marvel's Spider-Man; Doc Ock
  • Brian Wyser
  • Henrique Naspolini
  • Sophie Brennan
  • William Salyers
   
Nightflyers; All That We Have Found; Eris
  • Peter Giliberti
  • James Chretien
  • Ryan Cromie
  • Cesar Dacol Jr.
   

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

This award is to honor the achievement of visual effects created through simulation in an Animated Feature. The award is for a body of work created by an individual artist or team of artists, and all simulated effects in the project will be considered. Simulated effects are dynamic effects that generally include particle, dynamic, fluid, cloth, hair, and crowd simulations. The effects may interact with, or be elements that make up, the characters, set elements and environments with which they coexist. 

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Snow, Clouds and Smoke
  • Eric Carme
  • Nicolas Brice
  • Milo Riccarand
   
Incredibles 2
  • Paul Kanyuk
  • Tiffany Erickson Klohn
  • Vincent Serritella
  • Matthew Kiyoshi Wong
   
Ralph Breaks The Internet; Virus Infection & Destruction
  • Paul Carman
  • Henrik Fält
  • Christopher Hendryx
  • David Hutchins
   
Smallfoot
  • Henrik Karlsson
  • Theo Vandernoot
  • Martin Furness
  • Dmitriy Kolesnik
   
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Winner
  • Ian Farnsworth
  • Pav Grochola
  • Simon Corbaux
  • Brian D. Casper
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Beyond Good and Evil 2
  • Maxime Luère
  • Léon Bérelle
  • Remi Kozyra
  • Dominique Boidin
   
John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano
Winner
  • Kamen Markov
  • Philip Whalley
  • Anthony Bloor
  • Andy Steele
   
McDonald's; #ReindeerReady
  • Ben Cronin
  • Josh King
  • Gez Wright
  • Suzanne Jandu
   
U.S. Marine Corps; A Nation's Call
  • Steve Drew
  • Nick Fraser
  • Murray Butler
  • Greg White
  • David Peterson
   
Volkswagen; Born Confident
  • Carsten Keller
  • Anandi Peiris
  • Dan Sanders
  • Fabian Frank
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

The award is to honor the overall achievement of the visual effects within an entire Special Venue project. Special Venues are defined as installations specifically set up to project large-format films (e.g. IMAX or OMNIMAX theaters), theme park theaters that may include a motion-based ride, museums, World Fairs, and similar venues.

To be eligible, a Special Venue project must have been exhibited publicly:

  • In a commercial venue for a paid admission, which may include the general admission to a theme park or special venue theater;
  • For a minimum period of one week on a regular daily schedule; and
  • Premiered in the current awards year in a Special Venue theater as defined above.

The following are not eligible in this category, regardless of the material’s original capture format:

  • Special purpose events such as trade shows and conventions;
  • Video material generally referred to as “pre-show” material;
  • Repurposed films, i.e. projects initially intended for the theatrical market but which have been blown up for exhibition in large-format Special Venue theaters;
  • Projects that were created as conventional 2D theatrical presentations but have been repurposed to stereographic 3D;
  • Any 2D or stereographic 3D feature motion picture that either premiered first, or simultaneously, in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium;
  • Any project that runs for an equal or greater amount of time in any regular movie theater or in any broadcast medium; and
  • Movies intended for simultaneous distribution in both Special Venue and normal movie theaters. The intent of this category is to honor those projects made specifically for the Special Venue market.
Beautiful Hunan: Flight of the Phoenix
  • B. R. Rajeev
  • Suhit Saha
  • Arish Fyzee
  • Unmesh Nimbalkar
   
Childish Gambino's Pharos
Winner
  • Keith Miller
  • Alejandro Crawford
  • Thelvin Cabezas
  • Jeremy Thompson
   
DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda
  • Marc Scott
  • Doug Cooper
  • Michael Losure
  • Alex Timchenko
   
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
  • André Montambeault
  • Marie-Josée Paradis
  • Alyson Lamontagne
  • David Bishop Noriega
   
Pearl Quest
  • Eugénie von Tunzelmann
  • Liz Oliver
  • Ian Spendloff
  • Ross Burgess
   

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Chocolate Man
  • David Bellenbaum
  • Aleksandra Todorovic
  • Jörg Schmidt
  • Martin Boué
   
Proxima-b
  • Denis Krez
  • Tina Vest
  • Elias Kremer
  • Lukas Löffler
   
Ratatoskr
  • Meike Müller
  • Lena-Carolin Lohfink
  • Anno Schachner
  • Lisa Ecker
   
Terra Nova
Winner
  • Thomas Battistetti
  • Mélanie Geley
  • Mickael Le Mezo
  • Guillaume Hoarau