Sunday night was the prelim of award season leading up to next weekend’s Oscars. This time it was the Visual Effects Society where Star Trek was nominated for two awards. However, it came as no surprise that James Cameron’s Avatar dominated the evening, walking home with a big pile of awards, including one shared by Zoe Saldana. A couple of Trek vets also picked up awards for their work on BSG.
Avatar dominates VES Awards
The eighth annual VES Awards were held Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Star Trek was nominated in two of the feature film categories: Best Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture (Burt Dalton, Russell Earl, Roger Guyett, & Shari Hanson), and Best Matte Paintings (Brett Northcutt, Shane Roberts, Masahiko Tani, &Dan Wheaton). As expected, the effects artists from James Cameron’s Avatar triumphed in both of those categories.
"Star Trek" nominees Guyett and Dalton at VES Awards – walked away empty handed
Avatar went into the evening with a total of 11 VES nominations in 7 categories and walked away with 6 awards, losing only the Best Compositing category to District 9. Not only was Avatar the big winner, but Cameron was also honored with a VES Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the awards Avatar picked up was for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture, which went to the team behind Neyteri, including Zoe Saldana for her acting.
Zoe Saldana shared one of Avatar’s six VES Awards
Two Star Trek veterans came away a winners for their TV work. David Morton and Gary Hutzel shared the Best Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series award (along with Michael Gibson and Jesse Toves) for their work on Battlestar Galactica ("Daybreak"). Morton worked on both Voyager and Enterprise, Hutzel worked on TNG and DS9.
Effects shot from BSG’s "Daybreak"
The complete list of nominees is available at THR.
Next Stop – The Oscars
The VES Awards were the last guild awards of the year (finally!). Award season hits its peak next weekend at the Academy Awards, where Star Trek is nominated for four awards.
Here is the award show scorecard, with a list of Star Trek nominations and the final result
- CSA: Best Casting (Studio Feature Film) [WON]
- People’s Choice: 5 nominations [No Wins]
- Critic’s Choice: 5 Nominations [No Wins]
- Golden Globes: no nominations
- SAG: Best Stunt Ensemble [WON]
- PGA: Best Picture [Loss to Hurt Locker]
- DGA: no nomination
- ADG: Best Production Design (Fantasy) [Loss to Avatar]
- ACE: Best Edited Film (Drama) [Loss to Hurt Locker]
- Grammys: Best Score Soundtrack [Loss to Up]
- WGA: Best Adapted Screenplay [Loss to Up in the Air]
- MPSE Best Sound Editing (3 categories: Music, Dialog, Sound Effects) [Loss to Avatar and Inglorious Basterds]
- BAFTAs: 2 nominations [No Wins]
- CDG: Best Costumes (Fantasy) [Loss to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus]
- Faith and Values: Best Mature Film [Loss to The Blind Side]
- ASC: no nomination
- CAS: Best Motion Picture Sound Mixing [Loss to The Hurt Locker]
- VES: Best Visual Effects & Best Matte Painting [Loss to Avatar]
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"Star Trek" effects are nominated for an Oscar