"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" raided the Visual Effects Society Awards Sunday night and sailed off with six wins, including the two top awards: outstanding visual effects in a visual-effects-driven picture and single visual effect of the year.
The box office blockbuster, with effects by Industrial Light & Magic,entered the night with the most nominations, and won every category for which it was nominated. Other wins for "Pirates" were animated character in a live-action motion picture (for pic's villain, Davy Jones); created environment in a live-action motion picture; models and miniatures in a motion picture; and compositing in a motion picture.
"Flags of Our Fathers," from Digital Domain, took honors for supporting visual effects in a motion picture. In the special effects category, in a battle of brothers, "Casino Royale" and Chris Corbould beat out "Superman Returns" and Neil Corbould.
Presenter John Landis told the aud that when he started in movies, exploitation pics were often pretty good until the monster or spaceship showed up. "Today," he said, "you see absolutely amazing (VFX) work. The difference is the movies are shit."
On the television side, "Battlestar Galactica" took two kudos, for visual effects in a broadcast series and models and miniatures in a broadcast program. "ER" took honors for supporting visual effects for its episode "Scoop and Run."