Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

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The Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature is one of the annual awards given by the Visual Effects Society starting from 2002. Since its inception, the award's title has gone through six different title changes, and one major category shift. First awarded in 2002, the award was titled "Outstanding Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture" and given to the best character animation in a live action film, with no specific character cited. This would change in 2004, when the category was re-titled "Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture", and given to visual effects artists for work on a specified character. The category was again re-titled in 2008, this time to "Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture". In 2014, it was titled "Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture", but changed in 2016 to "Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature" and once again in 2017 to its current title.

Winners and nominees[edit]

2000s[edit]

Outstanding Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, Ken McGaugh and Bay Raitt
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby's Face David Andrews, Steven Rawlins, Frank Gravatt and Doug Smythe
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Rob Coleman, Hal Hickel, Chris Armstrong and James Tooley
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Steven Hornby, Andy Serkis, Matthias Menz, and Greg Butler
Hulk Scott Benza, Jamy Wheless, Kevin Martel and Aaron Ferguson
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Susan Campbell, James Tooley, Geoff Campbell and Dugan Beach

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Hippogriff Michael Eames, David Lomax, Felix Balbas and Pablo Grillo
Hellboy Sammael Dovi Anderson, Todd Labonte, Sven Jensen and Paul Thuriot
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Sunny Rick O'Connor, Martin Murphy, Indira Guettieri and Sam Breach
2005 King Kong King Kong Andy Serkis, Christian Rivers, Atsushi Sato, Guy Williams
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan Richie Baneham, Erik De Boer, Matt Logue, Joe Ksander
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Dragon Steve Rawlins, Eric Wong, Robert Weaver and Steve Nichols
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Davy Jones Steve Walton, Jung-Seung Hong, Marc Chu and James Tooley
Charlotte's Web Templeton Todd Labonte, Jason Armstrong, Sven Jensen and David Richard Nelson
Wilbur Grant Adam, Daniel Fotheringham, Avi Goodman and Paul Buckley
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Davy Jones Hal Hickel, Marc Chu, Jakub Pistecky, Maia Kayser
Enchanted Pip Tom Gibbons, James W. Brown, David Richard Nelson and John Koester
I Am Legend Infected Leader David Schaub, Marco Marenghi and Josh Beveridge
Spider-Man 3 Sandman Chris Yang, Bernd Anger, Dominick Cecere and Remington Scott
Transformer Optimus Prime Rick O'Connor, Doug Sutton, Keiji Yamaguchi and Jeff White
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Crusoe Richard Francis-Moore, Martin Hill, Marco Revelant and Daniel Barrett

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Benjamin Button Steve Preeg, Matthias Wittmann, Tom St. Amand and David McLean
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army Elemental Sequence Colin McEvoy and Christoph Ammann
Iron Man Iron Man Hal Hickel, Bruce Holcomb, James Tooley and John Walker
The Spiderwick Chronicles Hogsqueal Todd Labonte, Michael Brunet, Nathan Fredenburg and Aharon Bourland
2009 Avatar Neytiri Joe Letteri, Andrew R. Jones, Jeff Unay and Zoe Saldana
District 9 Christopher Johnson Steve Nichols, Jeremy Mesana, Vera Zivny and Brett Ineson
G-Force Bucky Benjamin Cinelli, Dustin Wicke, Peter Tieryas and Ryan Yee
Watchmen Doctor Manhattan Keith Smith, Kevin Hudson, Victor Schutz and Aaron Campbell

2010s[edit]

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dobby Matthieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger and Marine Poirson
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Kitty Galore William Groebe, Brian Medenhall, Aharon Bourland and Steve Reding
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Reepicheep Gabriele Zucchelli, Catherine Mullan, Benoit Dubuc and Pete Bayley
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Kreacher Laurent Laban, Will Brand, Matthieu Goutte and Jason Baker
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Caesar Daniel Barrett, Florian Fernandez, Matthew Muntean, Eric Reynolds
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 The Gringotts Dragon Yasunoby Arahori, Tom Bracht, Gavin Harrison and Chris Lentz
Paul Paul Anders Beer, Julian Foddy, Jody Johnson and David Lowry
The Thing Edvard/Adam Lyndon Barrois, Fred Chapman, Greg Massie and Marco Menco
2012 Life of Pi Richard Parker Erik De Boer, Sean Comer, Betsy Asher Hall, Kai-Hua Lan
The Avengers The Hulk Yasunoby Arahori, Tom Bracht, Gavin Harrison and Chris Lentz
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Goblin King Jung Min Chang, James Jacobs, David Clayton and Guillaume Francois
Gollum Gino Acevedo, Alessandro Bonora, Jeff Capogreco, Kevin Estey
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Smaug Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin and Guillaume Francois
Gravity Ryan Max Solomon, Mathieu Vig, Michael Brunet and David Shirk
Oz the Great and Powerful China Girl Troy Saliba, In-Ah Roediger, Carolyn Vale and Kevin Souls
Pacific Rim Kaiju-Leatherback Jakub Pistecky, Frank Gravatt, Cyrus Jam and Chris Havreberg

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Caesar Paul Story, Eteuati Tema, Andrea Merlo and Emiliano Padovani
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba Daniel Barrett, Alessandro Bonora, Mark Edward Allen and Masaya Suzuki
Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Kevin Spruce, Rachel Williams, Laurie Brugger and Mark Wilson
Maleficent Thistlewit Darren Hendler, Matthias Wittmann, Jeremy Buttell and Elliot Rosenstein

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2015 The Revenant The Bear Matt Shumway, Gaelle Morand, Karin Cooper and Leandro Estebecorena
Avengers: Age of Ultron The Hulk Jakub Pistecky, Lana Lan, John Walker and Sean Comer
Chappie Chappie Chris Harvey, Mark Wendell and Robert Bourgeault
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maz Kanata Joel Bodin, Arslan Elver, Ian Comley and Stephen Cullingford
2016 The Jungle Book King Louie Paul Story, Dennis Yoo, Jack Tema and Andrei Coval
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Niffler Laurent Laban, Gabriel Beauvais-Tremblay, Luc Girard and Romain Rico
The Jungle Book Shere Khan Chris Harvey, Mark Wendell and Robert Bourgeault
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Grand Moff Tarkin Sven Jensen, Jee Young Park, Steve Walton and Cyrus Jam
Warcraft Durotan Sunny Wei, Brian Cantwell, Brian Paik and Jee Young Park

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature

Year Film Character Nominee(s)
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Caesar Sunny Wei, Dennis Yoo, Ludovic Chailloleau, Douglas McHale and Tim Forbes
Blade Runner 2049 Rachael Axel Akkeson, Stefano Carter, Wesley Chandler and Ian Cooke-Grimes
Kong: Skull Island King Kong Laurent Laban, Gabriel Beauvais-Tremblay, Luc Girard and Romain Rico
War for the Planet of the Apes Bad Ape Eteuati Tema, Aidan Martin, Florian Fernandez and Mathias Larserud
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Thanos Jan Philip Cramer, Darren Hendler, Paul Story and Sidney Kombo-Kintombo
Christopher Robin Tigger Arslan Elver, Kayn Garcia, Laurent Laban and Mariano Mendiburu
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Indoraptor Jance Rubinchik, Ted Lister, Yannick Gillain and Keith Ribbons
Ready Player One Art3mis Dave Shirk, Brian Cantwell, Jung-Seung Hong and Kim Ooi

Superlatives[edit]

Films with Multiple Nominations[edit]