‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Game of Thrones’ Big Winners at the 2016 VES Awards

     February 3, 2016


It’s not surprising that Disney’s latest Star Wars film was well received at the 14th Annual VES Awards, especially since the picture led the visual effects society’s feature nominations; Star Wars: The Force Awakens walked away with four wins. A bit more unexpected were the three wins for The Revenant, thanks in large part to the film’s Bear sequence. HBO’s Game of Thrones also had a good night, as you might have guessed.

While a lot of the attention from fans regarding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars had to do with the amount of practical effects used, the VES Awards focused mainly on the Millennium Falcon/TIE Fighter sequence and everyone’s new favorite roly-poly droid, BB-8. Disney/Pixar took home an additional four wins (this was basically Disney’s award show to sweep), though surprisingly The Good Dinosaur out-earned Inside Out rather substantially. In the TV realm and specifically the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones, awards were doled out for the show’s beautiful cityscapes, magnificent dragon-wrangling, and incredible White Walkers and wights sequence. (Personally, I agree with two out of those three.)


Image via HBO

Here’s a look at the big winners from the night:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens took home awards in the photoreal feature project categories for Outstanding Effects, Outstanding Created Environment (Falcon Chase/Graveyard), Outstanding Cinematography (Falcon Chase/Graveyard), and Outstanding Model (BB-8).
  • Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur won the following animated feature categories: Outstanding Visual Effects, Outstanding Created Environment, and Outstanding Effects Simulations.
  • HBO’s Game of Thrones won the following photoreal broadcast categories: Outstanding Visual Effects (“The Dance of Dragons”), Outstanding Created Environment (The City of Volantis), Outstanding Effects Simulation (“Hardhome”)

Take a look at some of the other winners from the 14th Annual VES Awards below:

  • The Revenant: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects, Outstanding Animated Performance (The Bear), Outstanding Composition (Bear Attack)
  • Vikings: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode (“To the Gates!”)
  • Inside Out: Outstanding Animated Performance (Joy)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: Outstanding Effects Simulations (Toxic Storm)