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Infinity War, Incredibles shut out Black Panther from Visual Effects Society nominations

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Jan 15, 2019

Of all the dozens of awards bodies, critics groups, and professional organizations handing out accolades to the movies of 2018, few appreciate the offerings of genre films like the Visual Effects Society. The representatives of “visual effects practitioners” from all over media have expert understanding of impressive artistic efforts and they know exactly where to find it. Which, when looking at their nominees, may ruffle a few fandom feathers since they snub a few films already appearing as favorites this awards season.

The VES posted their list of nominees today — which featured Avengers: Infinity War leading the pack of live-action films with six nominations, Incredibles 2 paving the way for animation with five, and Lost in Space representing TV with six of its own — and some familiar names were absent. No Black Panther. No Mary Poppins Returns. The PS4 Spider-Man game beat out both of the no-shows with two nominations in its own right. Even when Wakanda showed up, it was as seen in Infinity War.

Some exciting appearances here from Aquaman (nominated for its third act battle sequence and its creation of Atlantis) and Mortal Engines (nominated for the vehicle model of its mobile city, London) offer nods to the work of movies that remain relatively unsung for their deft visuals in a crowded field of hits. Those favored — including Oscar shortlisters Christopher Robin and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — show up as you might think, but some of the more nitty-gritty categories, like that of compositing or of specific environments, highlight the stellar work done on material that many fans simply regard as background.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 5 at the 17th Annual VES Awards. You can see a full list of the nominees below:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to Marwen

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

12 Strong

Bird Box

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Outlaw King

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Altered Carbon; Out of the Past

Krypton; The Phantom Zone

Lost in Space; Danger, Will Robinson

The Terror; Go For Broke

Westworld; The Passenger

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan; Pilot

The Alienist; The Boy on the Bridge

The Deuce; We're All Beasts

The First; Near and Far

The Handmaid's Tale; June

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Age of Sail

Cycles

Dr. Grordbort's Invaders

God of War

Marvel's Spider-Man

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Beyond Good and Evil 2

John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano

McDonald's; #ReindeerReady

U.S. Marine Corps; A Nation's Call

Volkswagen; Born Confident

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Beautiful Hunan: Flight of the Phoenix

Childish Gambino's Pharos

DreamWorks Theatre Presents Kung Fu Panda

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Pearl Quest

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Thanos

Christopher Robin; Tigger

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Indoraptor

Ready Player One; Art3mis

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; The Grinch

Incredibles 2; Helen Parr

Ralph Breaks the Internet; Ralphzilla

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Miles Morales

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Cycles; Rae

Lost in Space; Humanoid

Nightflyers; All That We Have Found; Eris

Marvel's Spider-Man; Doc Ock

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

McDonald's; Bobbi the Reindeer

Overkill's The Walking Dead; Maya

Peta; Best Friend; Lucky

Volkswagen; Born Confident; Bam

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Ant-Man and the Wasp; Journey to the Quantum Realm

Aquaman; Atlantis

Ready Player One; The Shining, Overlook Hotel

Solo: A Star Wars Story; Vandor Planet

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Whoville

Incredibles 2; Parr House

Ralph Breaks the Internet; Social Media District

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Graphic New York City

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Cycles; The House

Lost in Space; Pilot; Impact Area

The Deuce; 42nd St

The Handmaid's Tale; June; Fenway Park

The Man in the High Castle; Reichsmarschall Ceremony

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Aquaman; Third Act Battle

Echo; Time Displacement

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom; Gyrosphere Escape

Ready Player One; New York Race

Welcome to Marwen; Town of Marwen

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Avengers: Infinity War; Nidavellir Forge Megastructure

Incredibles 2; Underminer Vehicle

Mortal Engines; London

Ready Player One; DeLorean DMC-12

Solo: A Star Wars Story; Millennium Falcon

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan

Avengers: Infinity War; Wakanda

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Venom

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; Snow, Clouds and Smoke

Incredibles 2

Ralph Breaks the Internet; Virus Infection & Destruction

Smallfoot

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Altered Carbon

Lost in Space; Jupiter is Falling

Lost in Space; The Get Away

The Man in the High Castle; Statue of Liberty Destruction

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War; Titan

First Man

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Welcome to Marwen

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Altered Carbon

The Handmaid's Tale; June

Lost in Space; Impact; Crash Site Rescue

Silicon Valley; Artificial Emotional Intelligence; Fiona

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Apple; Unlock

Apple; Welcome Home

Genesis; G90 Facelift

John Lewis; The Boy and the Piano

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Chocolate Man

Proxima-b

Ratatoskr

Terra Nova

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