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​"Apes" wins top prize from Visual Effects Society

Caesar, from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

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Visual effect artists behind the science-fiction film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and the fantasy TV series "Game of Thrones" were the big winners at the 13th annual Visual Effects Society's VES Awards Wednesday night.

"Dawn" won three awards, including for character animation in a feature film, for Andy Serkis' Caesar.

During the first 12 years of the VES Awards, the winner of the top film prize went on to win the Oscar nine times.

To watch a featurette about the visual effects of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" click on the video player below.

While "Apes" won the top award in the category of Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Pictures, the VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects went to "Birdman."

This featurette on the making of "Birdman" includes some intriguing computer generated effects:

Disney's "Big Hero 6" won for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Among the three awards for HBO's "Game of Thrones" was Outstanding Created Environment

To watch a VFX shot breakdown reel for the fourth series of "Game of Thrones," click on the video player below.

Complete list of winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Joe Letteri, Ryan Stafford, Matt Kutcher, Dan Lemmon and Hannah Bianchini)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "Birdman" (Ara Khanikian, Ivy Agregan, Jake Braver, Isabelle Langlois)

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: "Big Hero 6" (Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli, Zach Parrish)

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Broadcast Program: "Game of Thrones -- The Children" (Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Stuart Brisdon, Thomas Schelesny, Sven Martin)

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live Action Broadcast Program: "American Horror Story: Freak Show -- Edward Mordrake, Part 2" (Jason Piccioni, Jason Spratt, Mike Kirylo, Justin Ball, Eric Roberts)

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game: "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare"

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial: "SSE: Maya"

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project: "Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy"

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" -- Caesar

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: "Big Hero 6" - Baymax

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Commercial, Broadcast Program, or Video Game: "SSE" - Maya

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "Interstellar" - Tesseract

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: "Big Hero 6" -- Into the Portal

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial, Broadcast Program, or Video Game: "Game of Thrones" -- Braavos Establisher

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live Action Motion Media Project: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- Kitchen Scene

Outstanding Models in any Motion Media Project: "Big Hero 6" -- City of San Fransokyo

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "X-Men: Days of Future Past" -- Quicksilver Pentagon Kitchen

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture: "Big Hero 6"

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Commercial, Broadcast Program, or Video Game: "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Broadcast Program: "Game of Thrones" -- The Watchers on the Wall

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Commercial: "SSE"

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project: "Wrapped"

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