The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 20th Annual VES Awards. VES recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation across 25 categories in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. For the sake of the mostly-movie themed blog, we will focus here on the awards categories having mostly to do with feature film effects.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 25th annual VES Awards is still considering the format and timing for this year’s show. Check out the list of nominees:

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE

“Dune”

“Godzilla vs. Kong”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“No Time to Die”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING VISUAL EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE

“Candyman”

“Last Night in Soho”

“Nightmare Alley”

“The Last Duel”

“The Tragedy of MacBeth”

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE

“Encanto”

“Luca”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

“Sing 2”

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE

“Finch” Jeff

“Flora & Ulysses” Ulysses

“Jungle Cruise” Aguirre

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” Carnage

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED CHARACTER IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE

“Encanto” Mirabel Madrigal

“Luca” Luca

“Raya and the Last Dragon” Tuk Tuk

“The Mitchells vs. The Machines” Katie Mitchell

OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE

“Dune” Arrakeen City

“Jungle Cruise” Waterfall Canyon

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” The Mirror Dimension

“The Suicide Squad” Valle Del Marre

OUTSTANDING CREATED ENVIRONMENT IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE

“Encanto” Antonio’s Room

“Luca” Portorosso Piazza

“Raya and the Last Dragon” Talon

“Sing 2” Crystal Theater

“Vivo” Mambo Cabana

OUTSTANDING VIRTUAL CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A CG PROJECT

“Encanto” “We Don’t Talk about Bruno”

“Godzilla vs. Kong” Ocean Battle

“Loki” Lamentis; Race to the Ark

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

OUTSTANDING MODEL IN A PHOTOREAL OR ANIMATED PROJECT

“Black Widow” The Red Room

“Dune” Royal Ornithopter

“Encanto” Casita Madrigal

“The Suicide Squad” Jotunheim

OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN A PHOTOREAL FEATURE

“Dune” Dunes of Arrakis

“Godzilla vs. Kong” Ocean Water & Battle Destruction

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” Water, Bubbles & Magic

“The Suicide Squad” Corto Maltese City Destruction

OUTSTANDING EFFECTS SIMULATIONS IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE

“Encanto”

“Luca”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”

“Sing 2”

OUTSTANDING COMPOSITING and LIGHTING IN A FEATURE

“Black Widow” – Red Room Crashing Back to Earth

“Dune”  – Attack on Arrakeen

“Dune” – Hologram and Hunter Seeker

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Macau City

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”  – Liberty Island Battle and Christmas Swing Finale

OUTSTANDING SPECIAL (PRACTICAL) EFFECTS IN A PHOTOREAL PROJECT

“Eternals”

“Jungle Cruise”

“The Matrix Resurrections”

“The Tomorrow War”


What do you think about this year’s contenders for Visual Effects Society’s awards? Which films are you rooting for to take home the honors and which films do you think the guild overlooked? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts and let us and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts on the matter!

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