21ST ANNUAL VES AWARDS
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA
5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Awards Presentation
The Visual Effects Society’s prestigious annual celebration recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation worldwide and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.
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Red Carpet Interviews
The team of Avatar: The Way of Water, joined by James Cameron and Jon Landau, discuss their win for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature”
Former VES Exec. Director Eric Roth, recipient of the VES Board of Directors Award
Jim Morris, VES, President of Pixar
Autodesk Chief Marketing Officer Dara Treseder
Comedian and Presenter Jay Pharoah
Director and Writer Domee Shi and Producer Lindsey Collins of Turning Red
Actress Angela Sarafyan
VES Honors Acclaimed Producer-Writer Gale Anne Hurd with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry’s most prolific and esteemed producers of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy Award-winning programs that shatter both box office and ratings records. After rising from Roger Corman’s executive assistant to head of marketing at his company, New World Pictures, Hurd’s producing career took off when she co-wrote and produced The Terminator. Her unprecedented success was quickly followed by Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and additional Academy Award winning films such as The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Ghost and the Darkness and Armageddon. In addition, both Armageddon and Terminator 2 were the number one films at the worldwide box office in their years of release.
When Hurd entered the television industry, she met similar success. Hurd’s record-breaking AMC program, The Walking Dead, twice honored by the American Film Institute as a “Top 10” TV program, is the first series in history to reign as the most watched television drama in the coveted 18 – 49-year-old demographic for six consecutive years, as well as the highest rated cable series on television for seven consecutive years. Hurd’s most recent feature, the documentary The YouTube Effect, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2022 and her anthology series, Lore, based on the popular historical podcast of the same name, is currently streaming its first and second seasons on Amazon. Hurd was awarded the prestigious David O. Selznick Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild, has been inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
VES Board of Directors Award Recipient: Distinguished Former VES Executive Director Eric Roth
For nearly two decades in the role of VES Executive Director, Eric Roth had a front row seat to the dynamic global VFX industry and played a major role in the Society’s tremendous growth, and helmed the organization to reach its milestone 25 th Anniversary in 2022. Under his watch, the Society grew from a primarily California-centric organization of about 750 people to a global honorary Society with nearly 4,500 members in 45 countries and 14 regional Sections worldwide. It launched the award-winning signature VFX Voice Magazine, created three editions of the acclaimed VES Handbook of Visual Effects, produced 17 years of the VES Awards, hosted the annual VES Honors and Hall of Fame Programs, and delivered a robust roster of educational programming. Volunteer Committees did vital work in service to the membership and the worldwide VFX community, including creating industry-leading mental health benefits, mentoring programs, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, forward-looking technology projects, a video archive of VFX luminaries and a soon-to-be-realized VFX digital museum, and exclusive opportunities that foster networking, education and professional development.
Roth led the Society through the global pandemic and instituted new programs and initiatives to address the unprecedented impacts on the industry – while keeping the membership closely tethered. And importantly, he helped the organization create and amplify its powerful voice on behalf of the membership and the industry and serve as a convenor on topics of vital importance, from the state of the ever-evolving business to emerging technology.