Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects

The Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects is one of the annual Satellite Awards given by the International Press Academy.

Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Winners and nominees
1996 Independence DayVolker Engel and Douglas Smith
Mars Attacks!
Star Trek: First Contact
1997 ContactKen Ralston
The Fifth Element
Men in Black
Starship Troopers
1998 What Dreams May ComeEllen Somers
Babe: Pig in the City
Saving Private Ryan
Star Trek: Insurrection
1999 Stuart LittleJerome Chen, John Dykstra, Henry F. Anderson III and Eric Allard
The Matrix
The Mummy
Sleepy Hollow
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace


Year Winners and nominees
2000 Gladiator John Nelson
Charlie's Angels
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mission: Impossible 2
Vertical Limit
2001 Moulin Rouge!Chris Godfrey
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Jurassic Park III
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Pearl Harbor
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersJim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke
Gangs of New York
Minority Report
Road to Perdition
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldStefen Fangmeier, Nathan McGuinness, Robert Stromberg and Dan Sudick
Kill Bill: Volume 1
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
2004 The AviatorAndy Brown and Kirsty Millar
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)Robert Legato, Peter G. Travers, Matthew Gratzner and R. Bruce Steinheimer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Spider-Man 2
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the SithJohn Knoll and Hal Hickel
Kingdom of Heaven
Kung Fu Hustle (Kung fu)
Sin City
War of the Worlds
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestJohn Knoll and Hal Hickel
The Da Vinci Code
Flags of Our Fathers
The Fountain
Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno)
V for Vendetta
X-Men: The Last Stand
2007 300Chris Watts, Grant Freckelton, Derek Wentworth and Daniel Leduc
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Golden Compass
2008 AustraliaChris Godfrey, James E. Price and Diana Giorgiutti
The Dark Knight
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Iron Man
Quantum of Solace
2009 2012Volker Engel, Marc Weigert and Mike Vézina
District 9
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Red Cliff (Chi bi)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


Year Winners and nominees
2010 Alice in WonderlandKen Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
127 Hours
Iron Man 2
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
2011 HugoRobert Legato, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning and Adam Watkins
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse
2012 FlightJim Gibbs, Kevin Baillie, Michael Lantieri and Ryan Tudhope
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
2013 GravityTim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
All Is Lost
The Croods
Oz the Great and Powerful
World War Z
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJoe Letteri, Dan Lemmon and Matt Kutcher
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Transformers: Age of Extinction
2015[1] The WalkJim Gibbs, Kevin Baillie, Viktor Muller and Sébastien Moreau
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
2016[2] The Jungle BookRobert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones and Adam Valdez
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Doctor Strange
2017[3] Blade Runner 2049John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover and Gerd Nefzer
Alien: Covenant
The Shape of Water
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman
2018[4] Black PantherGeoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack and Dan Sudick
Avengers: Infinity War
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Ready Player One
2019[5] Alita: Battle AngelJoe Letteri and Eric Saindon
Avengers: EndgameMatt Aitken, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick
Ford v Ferrari – Mark Byers, Olivier Dumont, and Kathy Siegel
The IrishmanPablo Helman
Joker – Mathew Giampa, Bryan Godwin, and Edwin Rivera
The Lion KingAndrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, and Adam Valdez


  1. ^ "Satellite Awards (2015)". International Press Academy. IPA. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Satellite Awards (2016)" (PDF). International Press Academy. IPA. November 28, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "'Dunkirk,' 'The Shape of Water' Lead Satellite Award Nominations". The Wrap. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 NOMINATIONS BALLOT" (PDF). International Press Academy. November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "2019 Winners". International Press Academy. December 19, 2019. Retrieved December 19, 2019.