'Two Towers' Looms Large at Visual Effects Awards
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers stormed the competition on Wednesday night to win eight of the nine Visual Effects Society awards for which the movie was nominated. The awards ceremony was the first for the 6-year-old organization, which comprises about 800 effects specialists worldwide. The only loss for the Tolkein epic, out of nine categories, was matte painting in a motion picture, nabbed by Industrial Light & Magic for Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. The second installment of the wizarding trilogy rung up wins for special effects, effects art direction, visual effects photography, models and miniatures, performance by an actor in an effects film, character animation in a live-action motion picture, compositing and visual effects in an effects-driven motion picture. In most cases, it beat Industrial Light & Magic. FX producer Dean Wright add, "I'm blown away."
Congrats to WETA et al for a job well-done and recognition well-deserved!