Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Wins Big

‘War’ won four categories including the top prize for outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature. Is an Oscar next?

War for the Planet of the Apes won the top prize–outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature–and three additional trophies for effects simulation, compositing and animated character (Caesar), during the 16th annual Visaul Effects Society Awards, Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The next question is, will Weta Digital’s accaimed work, which included bringing a cast of CG apes to the screen for an epic finale to Matt Reeves’ trilogy, finally deliver a VFX Oscar.

War is nominated for the VFX Oscar alongside Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kong: Skull Island and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. These are the same films that were nominated in the top VES category. During the VES Awards, Blade Runner 2049 claimed two VES Awards (created environment and model), and Guardians claimed one (virtual cinematography).

The two prior Apes films, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, also won the top prize at the VES Awards and were also Oscar nominated, but in both cases, a different film won the VFX Oscar. (Rise lost the Oscar to Hugo, and Dawn was bested by Interstellar.) In six of the last 10 year, the winner of the top VES category went on to win the VFX Oscar.

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