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'Benjamin Button' and 'Dark Knight' win VES Awards

February 21, 2009 | 10:01 pm


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Wall-E” and “Changeling” were the big movie winners Saturday evening at the Visual Effects Society Awards.

“Button” won four VES awards at the ceremony at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel including outstanding visual effects in a visual effects driven motion picture, best single visual effect of the year, animated character in a live action motion picture and compositing in a feature motion picture.

“Wall-E” earned awards for animation in an animated motion picture, outstanding animated character in an animated motion picture and effects animation in an animated feature motion picture.

The Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight” was the recipient of outstanding models and miniatures in a feature motion picture, created environment in a feature motion picture and special effects in a motion picture.

“Changeling” won for outstanding supporting visual effects in a motion picture and matte paintings in a motion picture.

Other winners announced Saturday:

Visual effects in a broadcast miniseries, movie or special: “John Adams” — “Join or Die”

Created environment in a broadcast program or commercial: “John Adams” — “Join or Die” — The Boston Harbor

Compositing in a broadcast program or commercial: “John Adams” — “Join or Die” — The Boston Harbor

Visual effects in a broadcast series: BSG Space Battle in “Battlestar Galactica”

Supporting visual effects in a broadcast program: “Fringe” — the pilot

Visual effects in a commercial: BacardI — “Sundance”

Visual effects in a special venue project: “U2 3D-Selected Shots”

Real time visuals in a video game: “Crysis Warhead”

Pre-rendered visuals in a video game: “World of Warcraft-The Wrath of the Lich King”-Intro Cinematic

Animated character in live action broadcast program or commercial: “Brains Dance”

Matte paintings in a broadcast program or commercial: “Doctor Who”-“Silence in the Library”

Models and miniatures in a broadcast program or commercial: New Balance-“Anthem”

Effects in a student project: Transformation sequence-“Plastic”

-- Susan King

(Photo: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Credit: Paramount Pictures)