Universal Pictures could end up dino-stomping the competition at the 21st Annual Visual Effects Society Awards. The studio and its animated subsidiaries (DreamWorks and Illumination) racked up a litany of nominations for their achievement in VFX over the past year.Jurassic World Dominion leads the pack with two nods for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature and Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature. The trilogy capper to Colin Trevorrow’s prehistoric saga is up against some pretty stiff competition, including Avatar: The Way of Water, Top Gun: Maverick, The Batman, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. And speaking of man-eating monsters, the lion from Beast is currently circling Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature. The apex predator needs to fend off Kiri (Avatar: The Way of Water), Honest John (Disney’s Pinocchio), and Pig (Slumberland) to win.
The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical love letter to family and cinema, landed a nod for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. Its competitors are Death on the Nile, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, The Gray Man, The Pale Blue Eye, and Thirteen Lives.DreamWorks Animation finds itself vying for two prizes: Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature for The Bad Guys, and Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature for Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. Illumination Entertainment, meanwhile, may very well take home a victory for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial for Minions: The Rise of Gru.
“We’re honored to keep shining a light on remarkable visual effects artistry and innovation,” VES Chair Lisa Cooke said in a statement. “In all of our nominees, 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 nominees!”