Animation and visual effects awards: VES awards for “The Midnight Sky” and “The Mandalorian” culture

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April 07, 2021 – 10:07 a.m.

One of the tricks in the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” is the animated figure of the future Jedi master Yoda as a baby.  Photo: imago images / Cinema Publishers Collection

One of the tricks in the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” is the animated figure of the future Jedi master Yoda as a baby.

Foto: imago images/Cinema Publishers Collection

George Clooney’s science fiction thriller “The Midnight Sky”, the Pixar cartoon “Soul” and the fantasy series “The Mandalorian” have all been recognized at the 19th VES Awards.

Culture: Bernd Haasis (ha)

Stuttgart – The Visual Effects Society (VES) organizes film effects specialists and animators from all over the world. Every spring, the Hollywood-based organization awards prizes for Visual Effects (VFX) in different categories. This year’s winners include George Clooney’s science fiction thriller “The Midnight Sky”, the latest Pixar animated film “Soul” and the “Star Wars” spin-off series “The Mandalorian”. The US film magazine “Deadline” reports.

George Clooney’s dystopian Netflix production “The Midnight Sky” prevailed among others against Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” in the “photorealistic feature films” – the only nominee film this year, all other four could only be seen in streaming because of the pandemic . “The Midnight Sky” has also been nominated for the VFX Oscar, and since the VES Awards Since 2002, 10 of the 18 main winners have also won the Academy Award. The Oscars will be awarded on April 25th.

Peter Jackson honored for life’s work

The Disney-produced “Star Wars” spin-off “The Mandalorian” for a bounty hunter received, among other things, the award for “Outstanding visual effects in a photorealistic episode”. In addition, the series was awarded for the animated character of the future Jedi master Yoda.

Also from Disney comes the Pixar cartoon “Soul” about a musician who is finally getting a little closer to his lifelong dream, but finds himself in the realm of the dead and tries to find his way back into existence. “Soul” has also been nominated for an Oscar for best animated film. Other VES Awards winners included the series “Lovecraft Country” and the feature film “Mank”.

Actor Patton Oswalt and his monster alter ego hosted the 19th VES Awards, which were given online because of the pandemic. The director Peter Jackson received a VES Award for his life’s work, and the “Lord of the Rings” actress Cate Blanchett appeared as herald. Jackson thanked him from afar from New Zealand and described himself as “the guy who makes life as difficult for VFX artists as possible”.


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