Button, Dark Knight Dominate V F/X Awards

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took top honors at the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, taking four awards, including kudos for visual effects in a visual-effects-driven motion picture—the VES's equivalent of best picture—and best single visual effect of the year, Variety reported.

All four awards for Button revolved around the title character's animated head, which had Brad Pitt's acting on an all-digital head and neck. The movie even took honors for animated character in a live-action picture, even though the character's body was live-action.

The Dark Knight took three awards, for models and miniatures, created environment in a movie and special effects. WALL-E swept the three animated feature categories—character animation, effects animation and outstanding animation—at Saturday's banquet and ceremony in Century City, Calif.

On the TV side, SCI FI's Battlestar Galactica took top honors for broadcast series visual effects, and Doctor Who took the first effects award the 45-year-old franchise has ever won, for matte paintings.

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