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Star Wars: The Force Awakens topped the feature competition of the 14th annual Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday night, winning four trophies, including the top category of outstanding VFX in a photoreal feature in addition to outstanding models, created environments and virtual cinematography.
The ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Revenant took home three trophies in the categories of best supporting VFX, outstanding animated performance (for the bear) and best compositing (for the bear attack).
Mad Max: Fury Road won in the category for effects simulation.
Star Wars, The Revenant and Fury Road, along with Ex Machina and The Martian, are nominated for this year's Oscar in the VFX category. In nine of the 13 previous years, the winner of the VES Award in the top category (previously called outstanding VFX in a VFX-driven feature) went on to win the Oscar for VFX. Once, for Hugo, the Oscar went to the winner in the VES category for outstanding supporting VFX.
The Good Dinosaur won the most awards in the animated feature competition, with three honors including for outstanding VFX in an animated feature.
In the television competition, Game of Thrones won four awards, including outstanding VFX in a photoreal episode, as well as for created environment, compositing and effects simulation.
During the ceremony, actress Kate Mara presented filmmaker Ridley Scott with the VES' Lifetime Achievement Award, and VFX veteran Scott Ross presented the Visionary Award to visual futurist and conceptual artist Syd Mead.
In all, VES presented awards in 23 categories, including features, television, animation, video games and other forms of content. The list of winners follows:
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