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'Jungle Book', 'GOT' dominate Visual Effects Society Awards

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book

Los Angeles: Disney's "The Jungle Book" took home major honours at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.

The Jon Favreau-directed film was named photoreal feature film winner, earning five awards - Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature, Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project, Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature and Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature.

Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to more than 1,000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate visual effects talent in 24 awards categories and to mark the VES'
20th anniversary.

"Kubo and the Two Strings," from Laika Entertainment and Focus Features, received the honour for top animated film.

In TV, HBO's "Game of Thrones" episode "Battle of the Bastards" was showered with multiple awards.

And "Boxer the Buster," a hilarious and warm Christmas ad from British department store chain John Lewis, won top honors for TV commercial.

Director Taika Waititi presented the VES Visionary Award to producer and Marvel Studios executive VP of physical production Victoria Alonso.

Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios, presented the VES Lifetime Achievement Award to Academy Award-winning visual effects pioneer Ken Ralston.

Awards presenters included directors Gareth Edwards and Albert Hughes, and actors Yara Shahidi, Auli'I Cravalho, Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Brenton Thwaites.

This year's Oscar nominees for best visual effects are "Deepwater Horizon," "Doctor Strange," "The Jungle Book," "Kubo and the Two Strings" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

Only "Rogue One" went away empty-handed at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.

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