Digital at Awards Tracker 2020

Our annual Digital @ Awards tracker highlights digital winners at Hollywood Awards shows in 2020.

It’s been a busy compressed awards season! See our coverage of digital at awards for the many awards we’ve attended: WGA Awards, ICG Publicists AwardsArt Directors Guild Awards,Visual Effects Society Awards, Annie Awards,Lumiere Awards, and Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Awards.
Oscars: Toy Story 4, 1917, and Netflix won at the Oscars, and are included in our annual Digital at the Oscars list of films using digital in production or distribution via streaming.
Animated Feature. Toy Story 4. At the Academy’s Animation showcase the day before the Oscars, the Pixar team discussed making the film, from Forky and Woody’s character arc, and how to bring a satisfying conclusion to the franchise. See our Animation Nominees article.
Visual Effects: 1917. The Sam Mendez World War I film 1917 won best Visual Effects, mostly for the VFX that help create the impression of one continuous shot, and seamless “invisible” effects you wouldn’t really notice. See more in our Oscars article.
The Joker, Mandalorian, and directors Ava DuVernay and the Russo brother won at the annual ICG Publicists Awards honoring outstanding film and TV publicists, Fri Feb 7 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
Star-studded presenters included a surprise appearance by Jennifer Aniston, as well as comedian Seth MacFarlane, and others. The Joker Warner Bros. publicity team won the Motion Picture award.  “If everybody believes, you make it happen. And we made it happen,” the Warner Bros. team said, accepting the award. See article.
WGA AwardsJojo Rabbit and Parasite won the top film awards at the annual Writes Guild Awards on Feb 1 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Netflix’ Family Reunion and Amazon Prime’s After Forever also won awards. Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi won Adapted Screenplay. Parasite by writer-director Bong Joon Ho and writer Han Jin-Won won Original Screenplay. Taika and Bong Joon Ho were photographed with their awards at the East Coast ceremony. Co-writer Han Jin-Won attended the LA awards in Beverly Hills. See more award winner in our article.

Art Directors Guild Awards. Avengers: Endgame, Parasite, Toy Story 4, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won awards for outstanding production design at the annual Art Directors Guild Awards on Feb 1 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown LA. Charlie Wood won for Avengers: Endgame. He and his team did design on the planets, spaceships, and wreckage at the end of the film.  Toy Story 4 won for its detailed environments, especially of the antique shop, and the carnival.  Parasite. “Respect” said production designer Lee Ha-Jun, referring to peers in the industry, and legends being honored in the grand ballroom. See more winners in our article.
VES Awards. The Lion King, Mandalorian, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Missing Link, and director Roland Emmerich won top honors at the 18th annual Visual Effects Society Awards recognizing outstanding effects in film, TV, games, and attractions, held Jan 29, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. WINNERS: Lion King won 3 awards, and Mandalorian, Stranger Things, Missing Link, Game of Thornes each won two. Star Wars Rise of the Resistance won special project. In his opening welcome, VES Executive Director Eric Roth praised this new era of streaming services, where Disney+, Netflix and Apple have increased demand for VFX content, like Mandalorian, etc. He advised that amidst this ‘visual tsunami’ of VFX driven content, let’s be sure to compensate and give credit to VFX teams for their amazing innovative work. See our article.
Annie Awards. Netflix was the big winner with 19 awards at the annual Annie Awards honoring best animation in film, TV, games and more January 25, 2020 at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles. The Netflix film Klaus cleaned house, winning the most, 7 awards, including: Best Animated Feature, Directing, Editing, Production Design, Character design, Character animation, and Storyboarding.  Frozen 2 won 2 awards: Special Effects in an Animated Feature, and Josh Gad (Olaf) won Voice Acting in a Featue. See our article.
The Lumiere Awards honored Director James Mangold, Frozen 2, Aladdin, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and other technical filmmaking achievement winners on Jan. 22, 2020 at the Warner Bros. lot. The 11th annual Lumiere Awards, hosted by the Advanced Imaging Society, recognizes outstanding international achievement in the creation of immersive storytelling using advanced visual technologies like Music and immersive audio categories: Stereo 3D, 360 Video, High Frame Rate, Artificial Intelligence, Real-Time Rendering, Augmented Reality, High Dynamic Range, Virtual Reality, and more. See our articlewith winners.

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