VES honours Joe Lettari with VES Georges Méliès Award


The Visual Effects Society (VES) has named Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri as the next recipient of the VES Georges Méliès Award.

Bestowed by the Board of Directors, the honour recognizes pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


Letteri commented: “Being honored with the Georges Méliès Award means a great deal to me. I am proud to receive this award from the Visual Effects Society, a leading voice for an art form that continues to inspire me every year.”

Previous recipients include Bob Abel, John Lasseter, Phil Tippett, Ed Catmull and Douglas Trumbull.

Among Letteri’s many accolades are four Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects (for Avatar, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, LotR: The Return of the King and King Kong), the Academy’s Technical Achievement Award (for co-developing the subsurface scattering technique used for Gollum), four BAFTA Awards and six VES Awards. He has also received the New Zealand Order of Merit, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II.

Letteri joined Weta Digital as VFX Supervisor on The Two Towers and has since led the company as its Director to become one of the world’s premiere visual effects studios. Letteri has developed many techniques that have become standards for bringing photographic quality to digital visual effects. He specializes in the creation of realistic creatures, from the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, to Gollum, King Kong, the Na’vi in Avatar and Caesar from Planet of the Apes.

Letteri’s work was recently seen in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and War for the Planet of the Apes, and he is working on the Avatar sequels.