Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has Won 4 Visual Effects Society Awards!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens received 7 VES Awards nominations and won 4 of them, including the most important one that closely corresponds to the Oscar for visual effects.



The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. The show took place last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, California.

The Force Awakens was given the award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. It’s interesting that the winners in this category went on to win the Oscar for visual effects nine times in the last 13 years.

Also it’s worth mentioning that TFA’s biggest contender Mad Max: Fury Road won only one VES award.


Here are the categories in which The Force Awakens won:


Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Roger Guyett
Luke O’Byrne
Patrick Tubach
Paul Kavanagh
Chris Corbould


Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Paul Kavanagh
Colin Benoit
Susumu Yukuhiro
Greg Salter


Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Yanick Dusseault
Mike Wood
Justin van der Lek
Quentin Marmier


Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8
Joshua Lee
Matthew Denton
Landis Fields
Cyrus Jam


Now we wait for the Oscars. I had my doubts that the Academy might prefer Mad Max over TFA, but after these results I am really optimistic for the Vissual Effects Oscar. The even will take place on Sunday, February 28 7e|4p on ABC.


Source: Deadline


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15 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Has Won 4 Visual Effects Society Awards!

  • February 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    What a great gift for my birthday!

  • February 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Well deserved. Episode VII is the first SW worthy to the originals in visuals. Mad Max is a strong contender, but I think ep VII will be the favourite in the oscars aswell.

  • February 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Well Mad Max being snubbed is no surprise, all these awards are for CGI, Mad Max for the most part avoided CG, the effects were all practical.
    The only awards Mad Max was even qualified for would be for the sandstorm [which they won] and for video-compositing (Mad Max’s stunts were real, but the stunts were performed in open areas and then digitally inserted next to canyons or cliffs or other small cars). But the award compositing was taken by the Revenant “Bear Attack scene” — must’ve been some bear attack to overtake 70% of Mad Max’s runtime.

    Other than those two categories, Mad Max Fury Road is literally THE LEAST likely to do well in a Computer-Effects award show.
    A shame, because the stunts really were quite good.
    The oscars should include a new category: “Best Achievement in Practical Stunts”, because that’s what Fury Road is all the way.

    • February 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Actually, Mad Max made extensive use of CGI ( Both movies used a fairly similar approach. Practical stunts and locations with digital extensions and enhancements. IMO, both films integrated practical and CGI really well, and both had a “grounded in reality” esthetic that I liked a lot. Obviously Star Wars had more fully CG shots, but a movie doesn’t win awards on quantity alone. I’d hate to have to decide which one looked better.

    • February 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      No. Visual effects means both practical and CGI. These awards are for both.

      • February 4, 2016 at 6:15 am

        well I looked at the list and didn’t see any practical categories, maybe I got the wrong list?

    • February 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Fury Road was CGI heavy.

    • February 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

      most of the mountains were CGI, the water was CGI, the fog was CGI, the sand storm was CGI, Furiosa’s hand was CGI. Loved the film, but had tons of CGI.

    • February 4, 2016 at 2:14 am

      If you look up the Mad Max VFX reel u will see a lot more CGI was used that thought, it was done so well though, the terrain was modified a lot. But it was ground based. SW is done in worlds you know have to be CGI for some of them to exist.

      • February 4, 2016 at 6:14 am

        yeah, that’s what I just said.

  • February 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    lol, I don’t think 99% of the planet’s population has ever heard of this award.
    including me. But well done none the less.

  • February 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I never saw awards shows as a big deal, at least not on the consumer’s end. It’s always about “what’s technically better” and “what the vast majority likes”. I’m more of a “holy cow this is great and I don’t care what anyone says about it good or bad I love this so much” kinda girl.

    • February 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Right there with you on that one. If I like it, I like it. And I liked it.

  • February 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    VES is the best predictor for the Oscar in the visual effectis category. TFA is now the frontrunner then,

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