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Infinity War and Into the Spider-Verse take top prizes at Visual Effects Society Awards

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Feb 6, 2019, 10:58 AM EST

The Visual Effects Society held their 17th awards ceremony Tuesday night, and superheroes played a dominant role in the evening. 

Though Black Panther — this year's biggest superhero contender in awards season — was shut out of the major categories at the 2019 VES Awards, Marvel Studios was well represented by Avengers: Infinity War. The third Avengers feature took home the night's top prize — Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature — as well as three other trophies, including Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature for Thanos, Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature, and Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature. 

The VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature is generally a good indicator of which film will take home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, as 60% of the time in the past 10 years both awards have gone to the same film. On Oscar night, Infinity War will be competing for that prize against Ready Player One (which took home the VES Award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature for its recreation of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining, and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project), First Man (which won for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature), Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Christopher Robin

Over on the animation side, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had another big awards-season night, sweeping the major animated VFX categories with four awards, including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature and Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature for Miles Morales. In live-action television, the big winner was Netflix's Lost in Space, which took the top television prize for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode, along with three more trophies. 

In non-competitive categories, Steve Carell presented the VES lifetime achievement award to Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Despicable Me and The Grinch animation studio Illumination. Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood presented the VES Visionary Award to Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan, and Jimmy Kimmel presented the VES Award for Creative Excellence to Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. 

To see the full list of winners and nominees, head over to the VES website.