AceShowbiz - "Avatar: The Way of Water" tops the 21st Annual VES Awards with a staggering nine wins. James Cameron took the stage to present producer Gale Anne Hurd - whom he was married to for four years until 1989 - with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award this week while his own long awaited sequel enjoyed great success across the photoreal categories.
Besides winning the prize for outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature, Sigourney Weaver's Kiri was named outstanding animated character while The Reef won the created environment prize.
Elsewhere, the movie's Sea Dragon was named outstanding model in a photoreal or animated project, and the film as a whole was recognized with the virtual cinematography in a CG project trophy. Along with the current machine and wave pool, the water simulations and water integration got nods as did the "water toolset" in the emerging technology category.
"Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" also enjoyed some success with three prizes, most notably for oustanding visual effects in an animated feature. The title character won in the animated category while the stomach of a sea monster won the created environment in an animated feature prize.
In a statement, VES chair Lisa Cooke said, "As we celebrate the 21st Annual VES Awards, we're honored to keep shining a light on remarkable visual effects artistry and innovation. In all of our colleagues honored tonight, we see best in class work that elevates the art of storytelling and exemplifies the spirit of adaptation and ingenuity - talents that have kept audiences engaged and uplifted, now, more than ever."
"The VES Awards is the only venue that showcases and honors these outstanding global artists across a wide range of disciplines, and we are extremely proud of all our winners and nominees!"
21st Annual VES Awards full winners list: