Visual Effects Society Unveils Award Winners, Hall of Fame Inductees

The VFX pioneers behind films such as 'Superman' and 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' are among the inductees.
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'Superman' (1978)

The Visual Effects Society on Wednesday revealed its 2018 VES Hall of Fame inductees, the newest Lifetime and Honorary members and this year’s VES Founders Award recipient.

VFX archivist and longtime board member Gene Kozicki was named the VES Founders Award recipient; VFX innovator Jonathan Erland, who earlier this year received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gordon E. Sawyer Award, was honored with lifetime VES membership; and Tippett Studio CEO Jules Roman was recognized with honorary VES membership.

This year’s VES Hall of Fame honorees include late VFX pioneers L.B. Abbott (Tora! Tora! Tora!), Richard "Doc" Baily (Solaris), Derek Meddings (Superman) and Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts); graphic designer Saul Bass; producer Eileen Moran; and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

"Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects," VES board chair Mike Chambers said in a statement. "We are proud to recognize those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners."

The honorees and Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at a special reception in October.