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Visual Effects Society Awards 2019: Infinity War, Into the Spider-Verse among winners

Superhero movies won big at the 2019 Visual Effects Society Awards, which were handed out on Tuesday, February 5. 

Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War earned the top prize of the night, scooping up the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature — the equivalent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Best Picture Award given at the annual Oscars. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War also scored accolades for Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature (for Josh Brolin's purple-faced Thanos), Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature, and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature (both for Thanos' home planet of Titan, where a major battle sequence took place). 

Sony Pictures' dazzling animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, featuring the voice of Shameik Moore as the half-black, half-Puerto-Rican Spider-Man Miles Morales, also won four VES Awards Tuesday night. The film — directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman — nabbed prizes for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature, Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature (for the web-slinging teen hero Miles), Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature (for the gorgeous Graphic New York City), and Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature. 

Ready Player One fared well at this year's VES Awards, grabbing the honors for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature for the computer-generated recreation of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining and Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project for the New York Race sequence featured in the Steven Spielberg-directed adventure.

Somewhat of an awards season underdog, First Man, the Damien Chazelle-helmed Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling as the famed astronaut, scored the award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature to round out the film winners at the 2019 VES Awards. 

In television, Netflix experienced the same satisfaction that Marvel and Sony did when its original series Lost in Space won four awards: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode (for "Danger, Will Robinson"), Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project (for its Humanoid), Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project (for the Impact Area from the pilot episode), and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode (for the Crash Site Rescue from the episode entitled "Impact"). 

HBO felt the love, too, as the Visual Effects Society honored Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan with the Visionary Award and gave Game of Thrones architects David Benioff and D.B. Weiss the Award for Creative Excellence. Chris Meledandri, the founder and CEO of Illumination, took home the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Infinity War and Into the Spider-Verse's wins at the 2019 VES Awards push both films higher up in the rankings for potential winners at this year's Academy Awards. The massive Marvel movie is up for the Best Visual Effects Oscar, while the Spidey-filled feature is gunning for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. With four more trophies under their belts, both pics are shaping up to be the biggest contenders in their respective categories at the 2019 Oscars. We'll have to wait until Sunday, February 24 to see if Infinity War and Into the Spider-Verse can become Oscar-winners in addition to VES Award-winners. 

Discover the full list of winners from the 2019 Visual Effects Society below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War

Daniel DeLeeuw

Jen Underdahl

Kelly Port

Matt Aitken

Daniel Sudick

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

First Man

Paul Lambert

Kevin Elam

Tristan Myles

Ian Hunter

JD Schwalm

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Joshua Beveridge

Christian Hejnal

Danny Dimian

Bret St. Clair

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space – "Danger, Will Robinson"

Jabbar Raisani

Terron Pratt

Niklas Jacobson

Joao Sita

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan – Pilot

Erik Henry

Matt Robken

Bobo Skipper

Deak Ferrand

Pau Costa

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Age of Sail

John Kahrs

Kevin Dart

Cassidy Curtis

Theresa Latzko

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

John Lewis – "The Boy and the Piano"

Kamen Markov

Philip Whalley

Anthony Bloor

Andy Steele

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

"Childish Gambino's Pharos"

Keith Miller

Alejandro Crawford

Thelvin Cabezas

Jeremy Thompson

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War – Thanos

Jan Philip Cramer

Darren Hendler

Paul Story

Sidney Kombo-Kintombo

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Miles Morales

Marcos Kang

Chad Belteau

Humberto Rosa

Julie Bernier Gosselin

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space – Humanoid

Chad Shattuck

Paul Zeke

Julia Flanagan

Andrew McCartney

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial

Volkswagen – "Born Confident" – Bam

David Bryan

Chris Welsby

Fabian Frank

Chloe Dawe

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Ready Player OneThe Shining, Overlook Hotel

Mert Yamak

Stanley Wong

Joana Garrido

Daniel-Ștefan Gagiu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Graphic New York City

Terry Park

Bret St. Clair

Kimberly Liptrap

Dave Morehead

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Lost in Space – Pilot, Impact Area

Philip Engström

Kenny Vähäkari

Jason Martin

Martin Bergquist

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Ready Player One – New York Race

Daniele Bigi

Edmund Kolloen

Mathieu Vig

Jean-Baptiste Noyau

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Mortal Engines – London

Matthew Sandoval

James Ogle

Nick Keller

Sam Tack

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War – Titan

Gerardo Aguilera

Ashraf Ghoniem

Vasilis Pazionis

Hartwell Durfor

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Ian Farnsworth

Pav Grochola

Simon Corbaux

Brian D. Casper

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Altered Carbon

Philipp Kratzer

Daniel Fernandez

Xavier Lestourneaud

Andrea Rosa

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

Avengers: Infinity War – Titan

Sabine Laimer

Tim Walker

Tobias Wiesner

Massimo Pasquetti

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Lost in Space – "Impact" – Crash Site Rescue

David Wahlberg

Douglas Roshamn

Sofie Ljunggren

Fredrik Lönn

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Apple – "Welcome Home"

Michael Ralla

Steve Drew

Alejandro Villabon

Peter Timberlake

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Terra Nova

Thomas Battistetti

Mélanie Geley

Mickael Le Mezo

Guillaume Hoarau