Button scoops visual effects award

The Dark Knight and Doctor Who also winners in the Visual Effects Society Awards...

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

The Visual Effects Society yesterday held its annual awards ceremony for outstanding work in TV and movies, honouring David Fincher’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button for the amazing melding of Brad Pitt’s performance onto a completely different actor with an opposing body shape.

Doctor Who also got an award for the matte paintings in Steven Moffat’s Silence In The Library.

The VES weren’t happy to have their own awards abut the Oscars, but there wasn’t much they could do about it. VES chairman Jeff Okun told Variety “We’re unhappy about the date.We had booked another venue and got a call in June that we had to move. By then, the only date and the only venue available was the Century Plaza the night before the Oscars.”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion PictureThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonEric Barba, Edson Williams, Nathan McGuinness, Lisa Beroud

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Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion PictureChangelingMichael Owens, Geoffrey Hancock, Jinnie Pak, Dennis Hoffman

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion PictureWall-EAndrew Stanton, Jim Morris, Lindsey Collins, Nigel Hardwidge

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or SpecialJohn Adams – “Join or Die”Steve Kullback, Erik Henry, Robert Stromberg, Jeff Goldman

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast SeriesBattlestar Galactica Season Four – BSG Space BattleGary Hutzel, Michael Gibson, Doug Drexler, Kyle Toucher

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast ProgramFringe – Episode 101 – PilotKevin Blank, Jay Worth, Andrew Orloff, Barbara Genicoff

Best Single Visual Effect of the YearThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Benjamin’s SecretEric Barba, Lisa Beroud, Steve Preeg, Jonathan Litt

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Outstanding Visual Effects in a CommercialBacardi – SundanceAlex Thiesen, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Jay Barton, Zsolt Krajcsik

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue ProjectU2 3D – Selected ShotsPeter Anderson, Steve Schklair, David Franks, Jeremy Nicolaides

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video GameCrysis WarheadZoltan Pocza, Gabor Mogyorosi, Tamas Schlagl

Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video GameWorld of Warcraft – Wrath of the Lich King – Intro CinematicJeff Chamberlain, Phillip Hillenbrand

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion PictureThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Benjamin ButtonSteve Preeg, Matthias Wittmann, Tom St. Amand, David McLean

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion PictureWall-E – Wall-E and Eve Truck SequenceBen Burtt, Victor Navone, Austin Lee, Jay Shuster

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Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or CommercialBrains DanceJames Sindle, Jesus Parra, Josh Fourtwells

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion PictureWall-E – Effects in Wall-EJason Johnston, Keith Klohn, Enrique Vila, Bill Watral

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion PictureChangeling – 1928 Downtown L.A.Romain Bayle, Abel Milanes , Allan Lee, Debora Dunphy

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or CommercialDoctor Who – Series 4 – Silence in the LibrarySimon Wickers, Charlie Bennett, Tim Barter, Arianna Lago

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion PictureThe Dark Knight – Garbage Truck Crash Models and MiniaturesIan Hunter, Forest Fischer, Scott Beverly, Adam Gelbart

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or CommercialNew Balance – AnthemIan Hunter, Jon Warren, Matt Burlingame, Raymond Moore

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Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion PictureThe Dark Knight – IMAX Gotham City ScapesPeter Bebb, Stuart Farley, Philippe Leprince, Andrew Lockley

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or CommercialJohn Adams – Join or Die – Episode 1 – The Boston HarborPaul Graff, Robert Stromberg, Adam Watkins

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion PictureThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Benjamin Comes TogetherJanelle Croshaw, Paul Lambert, Sonja Burchard, Sarahjane Javelo

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or CommercialJohn Adams – “Join or Die” – Episode 1 – The Boston HarborPaul Graff, Joshua LaCross, Matt Collorafice

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion PictureThe Dark Knight – OverallChris Corbould, Peter Notley, Ian Lowe

Outstanding Effects in a Student ProjectPlastic – Transformation SequenceSandy Widyanata, Courtney Wise

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