This week, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at whether Gravity is a lock to win the Oscar technical categories after dominating the Visual Effects Society awards and winning at the Art Directors Guild – but losing at the Eddies to Captain Phillips. Pete and David also check in on the scene at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, where everyone’s a winner; and the AARP Movies for Grownups event, where everyone’s a grownup; and remember entertainment titans Shirley Temple Black and Sid Caesar.
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The much talked-about visual effects in Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller dazzled even the pros, as Gravity floated away with six wins at the VES Awards tonight. The pic won in all but one of its categories, including the big prize of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture. Cuaron capped off his film’s big night with the Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award. Cuaron accepting his honor said briefly, “Finally, visual effects are merging into the whole process of the cinematic experience,” the filmmaker said in his acceptance speech. “It’s about the integration of lights, sets and even actors.” Gravity continued its awards-season momentum, following up on big wins at the Art Directors Guild Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers Awards and DGA Awards.
Related: What Does DGA Win Mean For ‘Gravity’s Best Picture Chances?
Meanwhile, Frozen further cemented its Oscar front-runner status with wins in all four of its categories. Pacific Rim, which entered the 12th annual VES Awards with six nominations, second only to Gravity, went home empty-handed. And, just like last year, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was the big winner on the TV side with three VES Awards, also missing out in just one of its nommed categories. The evening also featured a tribute to VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who died in May, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar and Emmy winner John Dykstra, whose credits range from the original Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Spider-Man and Django Unchained. As the 186-minute show ending, host Patton Oswalt quipped, “”Omigod! Who’s president now!?”
Here is the complete list of winners, followed by our live blog, with Anthony D’Alessandro on the scene: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Disney/Pixar’s Oscar-nominated Animated Feature Brave has been on an awards roll. It picked up the top Animated Feature prize at the Golden Globes in January and last weekend at the BAFTAs in London. It also won two Annie Awards (but not the big prize, which … Read More »
Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.
Life Of Pi and Brave were the big winners in the feature film categories tonight, each taking four awards at the 11th Annual VES Awards and HBO’s Game Of Thrones led the TV honors with four nods. Life Of Pi took the top feature award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture. It also won Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture, Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture and Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture. Brave’s four wins included Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. In features, The Avengers also took two awards, and The Impossible and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey nabbed one each. In the TV contingent, Game Of Thrones led the way with four including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire also took one award.
Life Of Pi director Ang Lee, nominated for two Oscars, received the VES Visionary award, given to an individual “who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work”. In his acceptance speech, Lee said “This is not visual effects, it’s visual art”. Paying tribute to the effects industry, Lee said “they are the expression of our heart, and for that I salute you”. Five-time Academy Award winning special effects cinematographer Richard Edlund, notable for his contributions to the original Star Wars trilogy, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Ghostbusters, was honored with a lifetime achievement award. The complete list follows: Read More »
The deadline is November 30 for the group’s annual VES Student Award, recognizes outstanding achievement in visual effects on any project that was created by a student or group of students while attending an accredited school (more info here). … Read More »
The Visual Effects Society has tapped comic book icon Stan Lee to receive the 2012 VES Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 7 during the group’s VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Lee — whose creations with Marvel … Read More »
The Visual Effects Society’s 10th annual VES Awards, which celebrates the best in VFX in 23 categories, have been scheduled to take place Feb. 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton. Submissions begin Oct. 10 and close Nov. 30.