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Steven Spielberg gets gong at VES awards

11/02/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The 2008 VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Society's sixth annual gala in Hollywood. The event attracted a horde of visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television, commercial and video game industries. During the evening, filmmaker Steven Spielberg received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the art and science of visual effects. Then they spoiled it all for millions of SFF fans by calling him a techno-geek. He's a sci-fi geek, dudes!

"The work we celebrated tonight is a testament to the crucial role the talent, knowledge and experience visual effects artists play in the storytelling process. Because visual effects 'geeks' are at the cutting edge of technology, they are also at the cutting edge of entertainment as well," Eric Roth, VES Executive Director, told SFcrowsnest.com. "I think it is remarkably appropriate that we awarded our highest honor - the VES Lifetime Achievement Award - to Steven Spielberg, because he is not only one of the greatest storytellers of our time, he is also an honorary techno-geek for us tonight."

The winners in the main awards were:

Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture - Transformers; Scott Farrar; Shari Hanson; Russell Earl; Scott Benza

Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture - Ratatouille; Michael Fong; Apurva Shah; Christine Waggoner; Michael Fu

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special - Battlestar Galactica - Razor; Mike Gibson; Gary Hutzel; Sean Jackson; Pierre Drolet

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series - Fight for Life - Episode 4; Philip Dobree; Nicola Instone; Marco Iozzi; Matt Chandler

Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program - Rome 2 - Episode 6 - Philippi; James Madigan; Barrie Hemsley; Duncan Kinnard; Gary Brozenich

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year - Transformers (Desert highway sequence); Scott Farrar; Shari Hanson; Shawn Kelly; Michael Jamieson

Real Time Visuals in a Video Game - Halo 3; Marcus Lehto; Jonty Barnes; Stephen Scott; CJ Cowan

Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game - World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade; Jeff Chamberlain; Scott Abeyta

Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project - Sea Monsters; Sean Phillips; Jack Geist; Robin Aristorenas; Mark Dubeau

Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Davy Jones); Hal Hickel; Marc Chu; Jakub Pistecky; Maia Kayser

Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (the Maelstrom); Frank Losasso Petterson; Paul Sharpe; Joakim Arnesson; David Meny

Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture - Transformers; Dave Fogler; Ron Woodall; Alex Jaeger; Brian Gernand

Compositing in a Motion Picture - Transformers; Pat Tubach; Beth D'Amato; Todd Vaziri; Mike Conte

Special Effects in a Motion Picture - Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix; John Richardson; Stephen Hamilton; Richard Farns; Stephen Hutchinson.

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