The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the winners of the eighth annual VES Awards; to no one’s surprise, the big winner was James Cameron’s technically innovative, sci-fi epic, Avatar, which won six awards. The event, which gives out awards in more than 20 categories covering visual effects in film, animation, television, commercials and video games, also saw Cameron receiving the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among Avatar’s awards was the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. The Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture award went to Up, which won two other awards. Other film awards went to Sherlock Holmes (Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture) and District 9 (Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture).

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