2014 Awards Season Begins

by Graham Edwards

The 2014 film awards season slipped into high gear yesterday with the the Hollywood Film Awards, held at the Hollywood Palladium, hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast live for the first time in its 18-year history.

The ceremony came hot on the heels of the Hollywood Post Alliance awards, which recognises the contributions of individuals and organisations across a range of post-production categories in feature films, television and commercials.

Hollywood Film Awards

Winners of the Hollywood Film Awards are decided not through a process of nominations and ballots, but by a team of industry insiders and executives, with potential recipients evaluated on a body of work and/or a film on release during the qualifying year.

The 2014 award for Best Film went to David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl, with the Best Actor and Actress awards going to Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, and Julianne Moore for Still Alice, respectively.

The award for Best Visual Effects was received by ILM visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar for his team’s work on Transformers: Age of Extinction. David White (Special Makeup Effects) and Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Hair and Makeup Design) accepted an award for their work on Guardians of the Galaxy, which also picked up the Blockbuster award.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Hollywood Film Award 2014 for Visual Effects was won by “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.

Hollywood Post Alliance Awards

The HPA award for Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, recognising Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Keith Miller and Paul Story of Weta Digital.

The Game of Thrones season four finale The Children picked up the award for Outstanding Visual Effects – Television, acknowledging the work of HBO’s VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, Sven Martin of Pixomondo, Jörn Grosshans of Mackevision, Thomas Schelesny of Scanline VFX and Matthew Rouleau of Rodeo FX.

Reflecting on Game of Thrones – which earlier this year won an Emmy for Best Visual Effects, Sébastien Moreau, President of Rodeo FX and VFX Executive Supervisor commented:

 “This is very exciting. We were already extremely grateful for the Emmy Award; we are now honoured to receive this HPA Award, which is one of the preeminent awards in our industry.”

Game of Thrones - Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX delivered over 150 shots for season four of “Game of Thrones”, including the majestic city of Meereen.