‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Top Visual Effects Awards



“War for the Planet of the Apes” / 20th Century Fox

“War for the Planet of the Apes” was the big winner at the Visual Effects Society’s 16th Annual VES Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. The film won four awards, including a victory in the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscars VFX race, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.
In that category, “Planet of the Apes” was nominated alongside the same four films it will go up against at the Oscars: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The Matt Reeves feature also won for the best character in a photoreal feature (Caesar, the ape played by Andy Serkis), as well as effects simulation and compositing.
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Pixar’s animated film “Coco” also won four awards, sweeping the animation categories. “Blade Runner 2049” won two awards, while “Dunkirk” won one.
In the television categories, “Game of Thrones” dominated with five awards to one for “Black Sails.”
Other awards went to “Assassin’s Creed Origins,” “Avatar: Flight of Passage” and the Samsung “Do What You Can’t” and “Ostrich” commercials, which won in all three of the ad categories.
In its first 15 years, the VES honored the film that would go on to win the VFX Oscar 10 times. But two of the times in which the awards differed came with 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” both of which won the VES Award but lost the Oscar. (“Hugo” and “Interstellar” won those years.)
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Weta Digital’s senior digital effects supervisor, Joe Letteri, who headed the team of VFX artists who won for “Planet of the Apes,” was also given the VES’ highest honor, the George Méliès Award, at the ceremony. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award went to director Jon Favreau.
Patton Oswalt hosted the awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The VES Awards winners:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “War for the Planet of the Apes”
Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joel Whist
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature: “Dunkirk”
Andrew Jackson, Mike Chambers, Andrew Lockley, Alison Wortman, Scott Fisher
Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature: “Coco”
Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, David Ryu, Michael K. O’Brien
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Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall”
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Chris Baird, David Ramos, Sam Conway
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode: “Black Sails”: XXIX
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Yafei Wu, David Wahlberg, Paul Dimmer
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project: “Assassin’s Creed Origins”
Raphael Lacoste, Patrick Limoges, Jean-Sebastien Guay, Ulrich Haar
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: Samsung: “Do What You Can’t,” “Ostrich”
Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Tomek Zietkiewicz, Amir Bazazi, Martino Madeddu
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: “Avatar: Flight of Passage”
Richard Baneham, Amy Jupiter, David Lester, Thrain Shadbolt
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature: “War for the Planet of the Apes”: Caesar
Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale, Tim Forbes
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature: “Coco”: Hèctor
Emron Grover, Jonathan Hoffman, Michael Honsel, Guilherme Sauerbronn Jacinto
Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War”: Drogon Loot Train Attack
Murray Stevenson, Jason Snyman, Jenn Taylor, Florian Friedmann
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Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial: Samsung: “Do What You Can’t,” “Ostrich”
David Bryan, Maximilian Mallmann, Tim Van Hussen, Brendan Fagan
Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature: “Blade Runner 2049”: Los Angeles
Chris McLaughlin, Rhys Salcombe, Seungjin Woo, Francesco Dell’Anna
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature: “Coco”: City of the Dead
Michael Frederickson, Jamie Hecker, Jonathan Pytko, Dave Strick
Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall”: Frozen Lake
Daniel Villalba, Antonio Lado, José Luis Barreiro, Isaac de la Pompa
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”: Groot Dance/Opening Fight
James Baker, Steven Lo, Alvise Avati, Robert Stipp
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project: “Blade Runner 2049”: LAPD Headquarters
Alex Funke, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga, Chris Menges
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature: “War for the Planet of the Apes”
David Caeiro Cebrián, Johnathan Nixon, Chet Leavai, Gary Boyle
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature: “Coco”
Kristopher Campbell, Stephen Gustafson, Dave Hale, Keith Klohn
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project: “Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf”: Wall Destruction
Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, Sylvain Nouveau, Nathan Arbuckle
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature: “War for the Planet of the Apes”
Christoph Salzmann, Robin Hollander, Ben Morgan, Ben Warner
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode: “Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War”: Loot Train Attack
Dom Hellier, Thijs Noij, Edwin Holdsworth, Giacomo Matteucci
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial: Samsung: “Do What You Can’t,” “Ostrich”
Michael Gregory, Andrew Roberts, Gustavo Bellon, Rashabh Ramesh Butani
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: “Hybrids”
Florian Brauch, Romain Thirion, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades
All 9 ‘Planet of the Apes’ Movies Ranked, Including ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (Photos)

With “War for the Planet of the Apes,” we’re nine movies deep in a franchise that is just under 50 years old, making it a staple of pop culture for even longer than “Star Wars.” And to celebrate its shockingly long lifespan and the release of a new entry, we’re going to rank all the “Planet of the Apes” movies.9. “Planet of the Apes” (2001)
Tim Burton’s attempt at a franchise reboot is not really the total disaster we kind of collectively think it is now, but it is two hours of “I’m not sure why this exists.” It’s a weird reinterpretation of the original with a couple new twists that are there for the sake of having twists — and neither are satisfying. That ape makeup work is something else, though.8. “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” (1973)
Every single one of the original “Apes” movies will always hold a special place in my heart, but the ever-decreasing budgets on these movies really took its toll by the time filmmakers got to the fifth one.7. “Conquest of the Battle of the Apes” (1972)
For those of us who live in Los Angeles, we greatly appreciate “Conquest” for the sequence in which Caesar leads his ape uprising through Century City. On the other hand, they simply did not have the money to make said ape uprising as awesome and epic as we would have wanted.6. “War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017)
Every individual element of “War” is great, but they never really congeal into a coherent whole, frustratingly. The multiple subtle nods to the originals are a nice touch, though.5. “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” (1970)
Charlton Heston’s reduced role in the first “Apes” sequel leaves it feeling a bit disjointed, but the thing is absolutely hypnotic anyway. It’s a marvelously weird experience.4. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011)
There’s really no reason to think that this reboot — which amounts largely to James Franco raising his ape son for two hours — would be as substantial as it is. And yet every time I watch it I’m shocked by just how excellent it really is. 3. “Planet of the Apes” (1968)
What can I say about the original classic that hasn’t already been said? It’s the standard by which we judge so many modern things.2. “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” (1971)
You’d think “Cornelius and Zira hang out with humans in the ’70s” would be a jump-the-shark creative choice (and probably many people do hold that opinion), but for my money “Escape” is easily the most delightful entry in the entire franchise.1. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014)
As much as I love the “Apes” franchise, I would never have considered calling any of these movies perfect before I saw “Dawn.” That’s not to say I think “Dawn” is a perfect movie, but I do consider the possibility with surprising regularity.
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