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Life of Pi, Brave and Game of Thrones are big winners at VES Awards 2013

Films and TV show pick up four gongs apiece at the Visual Effects Society's annual bash.

The Visual Effects Society has announced the winners of The 11th Annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, giving gongs to outstanding visual effects in 24 categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Life of Pi and Brave were the evening's most honored feature films, with four awards each.

Life of Pi won in categories including for VFX in a VFX-heavy film, animated characters, simulations and compositing. The troubled Rhythm & Hues was the lead VFX house for the film and the character award was for its work on the tiger Richard Parker. The simulation award was specifically for the 'Storm of God' sequence created by MPC (you can read our interview with MPC's VFX supervisor on the film, Guillaume Rocheron about the project here). Life of Pi's director Ang Lee was also given the VES Visionary Award. Harrison Ford presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Edlund, best known for his groundbreaking work on the original Star Wars trilogy.

Pixar was awarded for Brave's CG animation, characters, environments and simulations.

Pixomondo's VFX for the second series of HBO's TV show Game of Thrones - currently showing on Sky in the UK - garnered gongs include two specifically for the final episode, Valar Morghulis - including the White Walker army and 'Training the Dragons' sequence.

The Student award went to the much-feted Natalis by students from the Filmakademie Baden-Wrttemberg.

Here's the complete list of winners.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion PictureLife of Pi

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion PictureThe Impossible

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion PictureBrave

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast ProgramGame of Thrones: Volar Morghulis

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast ProgramBoardwalk Empire: Episode 308

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video GameCall of Duty: Black Ops II

Outstanding Visual Effects in a CommercialNike: Biomorph

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue ProjectDespicable Me: Minion Mayhem

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion PictureLife of Pi: Richard Parker

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion PictureBrave: Merida

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast ProgramGame of Thrones, Volar Morghulis: Training the Dragons

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion PictureThe Avengers: Midtown Manhattan

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion PictureBrave: The Forest

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast ProgramGame of Thrones: Pyke

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion PictureThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast ProgramZombiU

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion PictureThe Avengers: Helicarrier

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion PictureLife of Pi: Storm of God

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion PictureBrave

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast ProgramGuinness: Cloud

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion PictureLife of Pi: Storm of God

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast ProgramGame of Thrones, Volar Morghulis: White Walker Army

Outstanding Compositing in a CommercialChevy 2012 Silverado

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student ProjectNatalis


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