AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation

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AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation
Presented byAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded2006
Currently held byTom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds & Adam Hammond, Elvis (2022)

The AACTA Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation (previously Best Visual Effects) is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) for achievements in visual effects in film, television, documentary and short film.[1] The award was first presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) at the Australian Film Institute Awards (known commonly as the AFI Awards) from 2006 to 2010, prior to the establishment of the Academy.[2] In 2014 the award for Best Visual Effects was renamed Best Visual Effects or Animation.[3] Additionally, this category is now open to any film, television or documentary production, regardless of geography, which has had 100% of its visual effects and animation made in Australia.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, winners are listed first, in boldface and highlighted in gold; those listed below the winner that are not in boldface or highlighted are the nominees.[5]

  Winner of competitive award
Year Nominee(s) Production
AFI Awards
Rose Draper and Mike Seymour Hunt Angels
Phil Stuart-Jones Kokoda
Simon Rippingale, Tim Richter and Nina Gibbs Unfolding Florence - The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst
Barry Lanfranchi, James Maclachlan and Vanessa Magyar Wicked Science
Andrew Hellen, Dave Morley, Jason Bath and John Cox Rogue
David Rutherford, Reigy Skwarko, Paul Siciliano and Delon Govender Air Australia
Kirsty Millar and Chad Malbon Crocodile Dreaming
Mike Seymour Spider
Barry Lanfranchi H2O: Just Add Water
James Rogers Death Defying Acts
Doug Bayne, Adam MacGowan, Michael Blake and Bill McGuire Double the Fist
Matthew Graham and Steve Anderson Gabriel
Chris Godfrey, James E. Price, Andy Brown and Rob Duncan Australia
Matt Drummond and Mike Dunn Death of the Megabeasts
Sandy Widyanata, Eric So, Mathew Mackereth and Christopher Jackson Plastic
Bertrand Polivka and Soren Jensen Scorched
Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Rangi Sutton, James Rogers and Randy Vellacott Daybreakers
Dave Morley, Felix Crawshaw, Claudia Lecaros and Tim Walker The Tree
Wil Manning Tinglewood
Chris Godfrey, Sigi Eimutis, Dave Morley and Tony Cole Tomorrow, When the War Began
Scott Zero Cloudstreet
AACTA Awards
Grant Freckelton Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole [6]
Lara Robinson Cloudstreet
David Booth, Peter Webb, Ineke Majoor and Glenn Melenhorst Sanctum
Felix Crawshaw and James Rogers The Hunter
Samuli Torssonen, Jussi Lehtiniemi, Juuso Kaari, Kelly Lee Myers Iron Sky
Ineke Majoor, Julian Dimsey Killer Elite
James Rogers The Sapphires
Kylie Robertson, Rebecca Stegh Utopia Girls
Chris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, Tony Cole, Andy Brown The Great Gatsby
Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Aidan Sarsfield and Grant Freckelton The Lego Movie
Will Reichelt, Luke Hetherington and Emmanuel Blasset Walking with Dinosaurs
David Booth, Prue Fletcher, Marc Varisco and Adam Paschke The Water Diviner
Richard Stammers, Blondel Aidoo, Cameron Waldbauer, Tim Crosbie and Adam Paschke X-Men: Days of Future Past
Andrew Jackson, Holly Radcliffe, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, Tom Wood and Fiona Crawford Mad Max: Fury Road
Christopher Townsend, Ryan Stafford, Paul Butterworth and Matt Estela Avengers: Age of Ultron
Chas Jarrett, Dan Barrow, Mark Holt, Marc Varisco and Alana Newell Pan
Glenn Melenhorst and Ineke Majoor Ted 2
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst and Ineke Majoor Game of Thrones (Season 6), episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards" (Showcase)
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Sam Conway, Hubert Maston and Anthony Smith Game of Thrones, episode 10: "(The Winds of Winter)"
Eric Durst, Jack Geist, Andrew Hellen, James Whitlam and Julian Dimsey Gods of Egypt
John Dykstra, Matt Sloan, Blondel Aidoo, Stephen Hamilton, Tim Crosbie and Dennis Jones X-Men: Apocalypse
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor, Josh Simmonds Game of Thrones (Season 7), episode 4: "The Spoils of War" (Showcase)
Jason Billington, James Whitlam, Linda Luong Deepwater Horizon
Brendan Seals, Steven Swanson, Raphael A. Pimentel, Andrew Zink Doctor Strange
Rob Coleman, Amber Naismith, Miles Green, Damien Gray, Craig Welsh The Lego Batman Movie
Jason Bath, Brian Lynch, Matt Middleton, Simon Pickard, Will Reichelt, Peter Stubbs, Simon Whiteley Peter Rabbit
Michael Perdew, Raphael A. Pimentel, Brendan Seals, Andrew Zink Black Panther
Fiona Chilton, Matt Everitt, Gregory Jowle, Kim Taylor, Simon Whiteley The Lego Ninjago Movie
Kate Bernauer, Aevar Bjarnason, Matt Daly, Jonathan Dearing, Angelo Sahin Upgrade
Brendan Seals, Michael Perdew, Andrew Zink, Adam Gailey Spider-Man: Far From Home
Kelvin McIlwain, Kimberly Nelson LoCascio, Josh Simmonds, David Nelson Aquaman
Chris Townsend, Damien Carr, Paul Butterworth, Greg Jowle Captain Marvel
Richard Stammers, Hal Couzens, Hayley Williams, Dennis Jones, Corinne Teng Dumbo
Jonathan Dearing, Chris Spry I Am Mother
Tim Crosbie, Joy Wu, Jason Troughton, Tom Wood, Julian Hutchens The Eight Hundred
Olivier Dumont, Kathy Siegel, Malte Sarnes, Mark Byers, Matt Grieg Ford v Ferrari
Jonathan Dearing, Marcus Bolton, Matt Ebb, Aevar Bjarnason The Invisible Man
Jimmy Uddo, Nicholas Brooks, Josh Simmonds, Ineke Majoor It Chapter Two
Thomas Elder-Groebe, Mark Breakspear, Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor Jumanji: The Next Level
Matt Middleton, Simon Pickard, Simon Whiteley, Jason Bath & Will Reichelt Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Jim Berney, Jake Morrison, J.D. Schwalm, Jamie Macdougall, Marla Henshaw, Malte Sarnes Jungle Cruise
Chris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, Avi Goodman, Nick Tripodi Mortal Kombat
Dennis Jones, Dan Bethell, Chris Godfrey, Prue Fletcher, Peter Stubbs
Nathan Ortiz, Damien Carr, Christopher Townsend & Josh Simmonds Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Julian Hutchens, Joshua Simmonds & Adam Hammond Elvis
Sharna Hackett, Feargal Stewart, Christian So, Miles Green & Etienne Marc DC League of Super-Pets
Kelly Port, Julia Neighly, Brendan Seals & Kilou Picard Spider-Man: No Way Home
Jake Morrison, Lisa Marra, Dan Oliver, Dan Bethell & Ian Cope Thor: Love and Thunder
Paul Butterworth, Eric Whipp, Jason Bath, Roy Malhi, Chris Spry, Alastair Stephen & Chris Davies Three Thousand Years of Longing
Andrew Whitehurst, Kathy Siegel, Alistair Williams, Julian Hutchens & Ian Cope Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Jesse James Chisholm, Fiona Campbell Westgate, Jamie Macdougall, Rachel Copp & Paul Corbould Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Kirsten Lepore, Brad Winderbaum, Raphael de Almeida Pimentel & Adam Goins I Am Groot (Season 2)
Sophie Byrne, Tania Vincent, Ricard Cussó & Nathan Jurevicius Scarygirl
Jason Hawkins, Mark Millar, Martina Joison, Flavia Riley & Matthew Chance Wolf Like Me

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rule Twelve – Visual Effects Award". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute (AFI). Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Non-Feature Award Winners, 1958-2010" (PDF). Australian Film Institute (AFI). 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  3. ^ "AACTA Awards Introduce New Visual Effects & Animation Category". Film Ink. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ "4th AACTA Awards Rule Book – Visual Effects and Animation" (PDF). 4th AACTA Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ Winners and nominees by year:
  6. ^ "AACTA unveils first round of awards". Intermedia. Retrieved 15 January 2012.

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