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February 16, 2006

VES Announces 2005 Winners

Last night, The Visual Effects Society had it's anual black tie event Honoring... JOHN LASSETER with the Georges Méliès Award For Pioneering and Artistic Excellence.

Quickly, Kong Captures 3 VES Awards,
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
King Kong
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong-Kong
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
King Kong-New York Dawn Attack
and in Comperland,
Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
War of the Worlds
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video


Here is an older link for the 2005 VES nominations for Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture and Broadcast Program

- visualeffectssociety.com

Los Angeles, February 16, 2006 – The VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Society’s (VES) fourth annual gala event at the Hollywood Palladium. The sold-out event attracted more than eight hundred celebrities, visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television and games industries.

“The extraordinary breadth and diversity of the awards were matched only by the extraordinary talent displayed in the room last night,” said Eric Roth, Executive Director of the VES. “It was an eye-popping, visual effects treat equivalent to a triple ice cream sundae with a dozen exotic toppings capped off with the biggest cherry ever.”

Los Angeles, February 9, 2006 - Actress Bonnie Hunt will be a presenter at the fourth annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, it was announced today by VES Executive Director Eric Roth, who also announced that the Award Show is now sold out. Hunt will be joining Katherine Helmond, Cheech Marin, Edie McLurg, Craig T. Nelson and John Ratzenberger at the Hollywood Palladium on February 15th for the annual gathering of visual effects and animation professionals. The VES recognizes artistic and technical achievements with twenty awards spread across the areas of visual effects and animation in film, television, computer gaming and special venue large format offerings.

This group of actors will be part of the tribute to Pixar's John Lasseter, who collects the VES Georges Méliès Award for Artistic Excellence at this year's event. This award recognizes artists whose contributions to the filmmaking industry have advanced the craft of visual effects. Hunt, McLurg, Nelson and Ratzenberger have worked previously with Lasseter on movies from famed Pixar Animation Studios. Helmond and Marin join Hunt and Ratzenberger in Pixar's upcoming release, the Lasseter-directed "Cars."

One of Hollywood's youngest organizations, the VES was formed in 1997 in response to the explosive growth in the visual effects industry. It is a professional, honorary society, dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects and to improving the welfare of its members by providing professional enrichment and education, fostering community, and promoting industry recognition. The VES is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of about 1,300 global members, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.


(variety) "King Kong" and "War of the Worlds" were the big winners at
the fourth annual VES Awards Wednesday as each pic walked away with three
awards and at least one top honor. But an emotional tribute to Pixar toon
titan John Lasseter stole the show.

Lasseter was saluted with the Visual Effects Society's George Melies
lifetime achievement award. He was hailed for melding computer science with
the principles of traditional animation to create the foundation for today's
visual effects and CG-animation industries.

"King Kong" garnered top honors for visual effects in an f/x-driven picture, and snagged kudos for animated character in a live-action pic.

In accepting the top award, "Kong" visual-effects supervisor Joe Letteri
saluted Lasseter, saying, "All the principles of animation you were
preaching years ago, some of us were listening."

Pic also drew the created environment nod for its high-altitude depiction of
New York at dawn.

But "War of the Worlds" grabbed honors for the year's best single visual
effect, the "Fleeing the Neighborhood" sequence, as well as awards for its
models-and-miniatures work and compositing.

"Kong's" rivals for top honors, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe," "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" and
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" were shut out.

"Kingdom of Heaven" took the supporting visual effects kudos.

On the TV side, TNT's "Into the West" won two awards, while HBO's "Rome"
drew the prize for visual effects in a series.

The tributes to Lasseter included digs at Disney, which rebuffed his efforts
to launch computer animation at the Mouse House some 25 years ago.

Presenter John Ratzenberger quipped that the day he saw the news that Pixar
would be taking over Disney animation, "I also saw a little item that Walt
Disney had stopped spinning in his grave."

Lasseter, in his acceptance speech, recalled going to work in 1980 at
Disney, "the place I'd wanted to work all my life," only to find "they'd
reached a plateau."

Recognizing huge potential in the work being done on "Tron," he worked on a
demo to show what computer animation could do.

"It fell on deaf eyes," he said.

Lasseter was careful not to disclose any plans as animation topperfor the
Mouse once the purchase of Pixar is complete, saying only that he is
"looking forward to working with the pioneering artists" there again.

Lasseter's tale hit a nerve among the assembled visual effects pros, many of
whom were disgruntled ex-Disney animators.

Fellow Pixar vet Ed Catmull, who also goes with Lasseter to Disney, will
receive a sci-tech award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
on Saturday.

Pixar's Jim Morris received a special honor, the VES board of directors
Award. Morris is a longtime Lucasfilm vet who left to join Pixar in 2004.

Morris managed Lucasfilm's transition into digital production and was
saluted for being a linchpin of the VES during its founding and early


Posted by dschnee at February 16, 2006 7:19 AM