Los Angeles, February 11, 2008 The VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Societys (VES) sixth annual gala event at the Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in Hollywood. The sold-out event attracted more than a thousand visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television, commercial and video game industries. During the evening, filmmaker Steven Spielberg received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the art and science of visual effects.
The work we celebrated tonight is a testament to the crucial role the talent, knowledge and experience visual effects artists play in the storytelling process. Because visual effects geeks' are at the cutting edge of technology, they are also at the cutting edge of entertainment as well, says Eric Roth, VES Executive Director. I think it is remarkably appropriate that we awarded our highest honor the VES Lifetime Achievement Award -- to Steven Spielberg, because he is not only one of the greatest storytellers of our time, he is also an honorary technogeek for us tonight.
And the winners are:
Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture: "Transformers"
Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture: "Ratatouille"
Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special: "Battlestar Galactica Razor"
Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series: "Fight for Life Episode 4"
Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program: Rome 2 Episode 6 "Philippi"
Visual Effects in a Commercial: Smirnoff "Sea"
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year: "Transformers" (Desert highway sequence)
Real Time Visuals in a Video Game: Halo 3
Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game: "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade"
Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: "Sea Monsters"
Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Davy Jones)
Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture: "Ratatouille" (Colette)
Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial: Chemical Brothers "Salmon Dance"
Florent DeLa Taille
Effects in an Animated Motion Picture: "Ratatouille" (food)