Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored Christopher Nolan with the inaugural VES Visionary Award and Ray Harryhausen with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Inception’s Tom Hardy was on hand to present the award to Nolan while Harryhausen was feted by video tributes throughout the evening. Randy Cook and Dennis Muren presented from the stage to Harryhausen who appeared via video to thank VES for this honor. The event was hosted by Patton Oswalt.

Inception Took Home Awards in all Four Nominated Categories as the Night’s Most Honored Project. How to Train Your Dragon and The Pacific Both Take Home Three Awards.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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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Tom Hardy and Christopher Nolan at the VES awards 2011

Tom Hardy presents the first Visionary Award to Christopher Nolan at the Visual Effects Society Awards

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Extra - The Visual Effect Society Awards, Patton Oswalt and Others

Red Carpet Interviews from the 9th Annual VES Awards.

Video Gallery

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Photo Gallery

View the 9th Annual VES Awards Photo Gallery

Winners and Nominees

Below is the complete list of Winners and Nominees for the 9th 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