The VES Awards recognizes outstanding visual effects in twenty-four categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Filmmakers, celebrities, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala – which honored director Ang Lee with the VES Visionary Award, presented by Dennis Muren, and Richard Edlund with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Harrison Ford.

Life of Pi and Brave were the evening’s most honored feature films, with four awards each.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills, CA


Visionary Award
Awarded for uniquely and consistently employing the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of vision, artistry, invention and innovation.


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11th Annual VES Awards Highlight Reel

Featuring Harrison Ford, Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, Jeffrey A. Okun, Richard Edlund and more.

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11th Annual VES Awards Behind the Scenes

Featuring Interviews, Red carpet interviews, behind the scenes footage, and more.

Video Gallery

(Available to VES Members Only: Log In Required)

Photo Gallery

View the 11th Annual VES Awards Photo Gallery

Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 11th Annual VES Awards. A sortable list for ALL years of VES Award winners / nominees can be found on the Previous VES Awards page. VES members (must be logged in) can also view all of the nominated entries in each category.

Please click on the category to reveal the winners and nominees