The Visual Effects Society has announced the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Avatar was the evening’s big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture -- plus the VES Lifetime Achievement Award for director James Cameron. The animated feature film Up was honoured with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

Here's the full list:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Avatar

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Up

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special
Disney Prep and Landing – Gadgets, Globes, and other Garish Gizmos

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Battlestar Galactica Season 4 - Ep. 421 Daybreak

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
CSI Crime Scene Investigation - Ep. 1001 Opening Sequence

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
Avatar – Neytiri Drinking

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Audi – Intelligently Combined

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Dance of the Dragons - Eastern

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Gulag Extraction

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
Halo 3: ODST – The Life

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Avatar - Neytiri

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Up – ‘Carl’- No Dad Scene

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
AMF – The Caterpillar

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Up

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture
Avatar – Pandora

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Kaiser Permanente – Emerald City

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Avatar – Samson/Home Tree/Floating Mountains/Ampsuit

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture
Avatar – Jungle/Biolume

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
V – Pilot Atrium and Ship Interiors

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
District 9

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
CSI Crime Scene Investigation - Ep. 1001 Opening Sequence

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
They Will Come to Town Thilo Ewers