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Top Prize at the Visual Effects Society Awards Goes To ‘The Midnight Sky’

The Visual Effects Society (VES) have handed out their winners for the best achievements in film, television, and more, with the top prize perhaps being a bit of a surprise. 

While Tenet was presumed to be the frontrunner for their biggest award of the night, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, the win actually went to George Clooney’s Netflix film, The Midnight Sky

Does this boost The Midnight Sky’s chance of getting some Oscar gold? The short answer is “maybe”. While it is a big win, the VES isn’t the best predictor of who will win on Oscar night, with the winner in that category only going on to win the Oscar in 4 of the last 10 years. Still, you’d probably rather win it than not. 

The Midnight Sky won one other prize, for Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project, while other films to be awarded included Mank and Soul

On the TV side, as tends to be the way in technical awards for television these days, The Mandalorian took dominance, winning three prizes including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode. 

For the full list of VES winners, see below: 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

The Midnight Sky

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature 

Mank 

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature 

Soul 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

The Mandalorian – “The Marshal” 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode 

The Crown – “Gold Stick” 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Ghost Of Tsushima

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial 

Walmart – “Famous Visitors”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project 

The Bourne Stuntacular 

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

The One And Only Ivan – Ivan

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature 

Soul – Terry 

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project 

The Mandalorian – “The Jedi” – The Child 

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial 

Arm & Hammer – “Once Upon a Time” – Tuxedo 

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature 

Mulan – Imperial City 

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature 

Soul – You Seminar

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

The Mandalorian – “The Believer” – Morak Jungle

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project 

Soul 

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

The Midnight Sky – Aether

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Project Power

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature 

Soul

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

Lovecraft Country – “Strange Case” 

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature

Project Power 

Outstanding Compositing in an Episode

Lovecraft Country – “Strange Case”

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial 

Burberry “Festive” 

Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Fear The Walking Dead – “Bury Her Next to Jasper’s Leg” 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project 

Migrants

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Written by Mitchell Beaupre

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