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'Inception' dominates Visual Effects Society's VES Awards

Inception 

"Inception" dominated the Visual Effects Society's ninth VES Awards late Tuesday, winning four awards.
 
Christopher Nolan's surreal, complex thriller, which is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best film, won outstanding visual effects on a visual-effects-driven motion picture, outstanding created environment in a live-action feature motion picture (for the Paris dreamscape sequence), outstanding models and miniatures in a featured motion picture (for the hospital fortress destruction) and outstanding compositing in a feature motion picture.

Nolan also received the organization's first Visionary Award at the ceremony hosted by comic Patton Oswalt at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
 
Other movie VES winners were "Hereafter" for outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature motion picture, and "How to Train Your Dragon" for outstanding animation in an animated feature motion picture, outstanding animated character in an animated feature motion picture and outstanding effects animation in an animated feature motion picture. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I" won for outstanding animated character in a live-action feature motion picture (for Dobby, the house elf).
 
On the television front, HBO's World War II miniseries "The Pacific" was the big winner, earning three VES awards for outstanding visual effects in a broadcast miniseries, movie or special; outstanding created environment in a live-action broadcast program (for the battle of Iwo Jima sequence), and outstanding compositing in a broadcast program or commercial (for the Peleliu landing).

For a complete list of winners go to http://www.visualeffectssociety.com
 
The awards will air Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. on the Reelz Channel, with encore presentations throughout the month
 
-- Susan King

Photo: A scene from "Inception." Credit: Warner Bros.

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