“The Lion King,” the Disney “live-action” remake that is made up almost entirely of computer-generated characters and backgrounds, has won three awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 18th annual VES Awards, which were handed out Wednesday night in Los Angeles.The film won for its virtual cinematography and created environment, and also took the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the VES category that corresponds most closely to the Academy Awards’ Best Visual Effects category.“The Irishman,” with its extensive use of de-aging technology, won two awards, including Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Photoreal Feature. “Missing Link” was the top animated feature with two awards.Also Read: 'The Lion King' Crosses $500 Million Domestic, Will Soon Pass 'Beauty and the Beast'In the television categories, “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones” each received a pair of awards. So did “The Mandalorian” — including one for “The Child,” the episode built around the year’s most viral CG character, Baby Yoda.The film that wins the VES award in the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category (or its predecessor, Outstanding Visual Effects in an Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture) has gone on to win the VFX Oscar 10 times in the last 17 years, but only once in the last five. The Outstanding Supporting Effects winner has won the Oscar twice in that time, including last year with “First Man.”Oscar nominees in the category this year include the two top VES winners, “The Lion King” and “The Irishman,” as well as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which won one VES award, and “Avengers: Endgame” and “1917,” which did not win any.Also Read: 'The Irishman': Martin Scorsese on De-Aging De Niro and Pacino Without 'Helmets or Tennis Balls on Their Faces'Also at the show, Sheena Duggal received the VES Award for Creative Excellence, Roland Emmerich was given the Visionary Award and Martin Scorsese received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Scorsese could not attend and accepted the award via video.The show took place at the Beverly Hilton and was hosted by Patton Oswalt.The winners:Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “The Lion King” Robert Legato Tom Peitzman Adam Valdez Andrew R. JonesOutstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “The Irishman” Pablo Helman Mitchell Ferm Jill Brooks Leandro Estebecorena Jeff BrinkOutstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature: “Missing Link” Brad Schiff Travis Knight Steve Emerson Benoit DubucOutstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “The Mandalorian”: “The Child” Richard Bluff Abbigail Keller Jason Porter Hayden Jones Roy K. CancinoOutstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Chernobyl”: “1:23:45” Max Dennison Lindsay McFarlane Clare Cheetham Paul Jones Claudius Christian RauchOutstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: “Control” Janne Pulkkinen Elmeri Raitanen Matti Hämäläinen James TottmanOutstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: Hennessy: “The Seven Worlds” Carsten Keller Selçuk Ergen Kiril Mirkov William LabanOutstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” Jason Bayever Patrick Kearney Carol Norton Bill GeorgeOutstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature: “Alita: Battle Angel”: Alita Michael Cozens Mark Haenga Olivier Lesaint Dejan MomcilovicOutstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature: “Missing Link”: Susan Rachelle Lambden Brenda Baumgarten Morgan Hay Benoit DubucOutstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project: “Stranger Things 3”: Tom/Bruce Monster Joseph Dubé-Arsenault Antoine Barthod Frederick Gagnon Xavier LafargeOutstanding Animated Character in a Commercial: “Cyberpunk 2077”: Dex Jonas Ekman Jonas Skoog Marek Madej Grzegorz ChojnackiOutstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature: “The Lion King”: The Pridelands Marco Rolandi Luca Bonatti Jules Bodenstein Filippo PretiOutstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature: “Toy Story 4”: Antiques Mall Hosuk Chang Andrew Finley Alison Leaf Philip ShoebottomOutstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones”: “The Iron Throne”: Red Keep Plaza Carlos Patrick DeLeon Alonso Bocanegra Martinez Marcela Silva Benjamin RossOutstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project: “The Lion King” Robert Legato Caleb Deschanel Ben Grossmann AJ SciuttoOutstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “The Mandalorian”: The Sin; The Razorcrest Doug Chiang Jay Machado John Goodson Landis Fields IVOutstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Don Wong Thibault Gauriau Goncalo Cababca François-Maxence DesplanquesOutstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature: “Frozen II” Erin V. Ramos Scott Townsend Thomas Wickes Rattanin SirinaruemarnOutstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Stranger Things 3”: Melting Tom/Bruce Nathan Arbuckle Christian Gaumond James Dong Aleksandr StarkovOutstanding Compositing in a Feature: “The Irishman” Nelson Sepulveda Vincent Papaix Benjamin O’Brien Christopher DoerhoffOutstanding Compositing in an Episode: “Game of Thrones”: “The Long Night”: Dragon Ground Battle Mark Richardson Darren Christie Nathan Abbott Owen LongstaffOutstanding Compositing in a Commercial: Hennessy:” The Seven Worlds” Rod Norman Guillaume Weiss Alexander Kulikov Alessandro GranellaOutstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: “She Knows All the Secrets” Sean Mathiesen Jon Savage Toby Froud Phil HarveyOutstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “The Beauty” Marc Angele Aleksandra Todorovic Pascal Schelbli Noel WinzenRead original story ‘The Lion King’ Is King at the Visual Effects Society Awards At TheWrap
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