“Inception” writer-director Christopher Nolan is to be honored with the inaugural Visionary Award from the Visual Effects Society at their 9th annual kudos on Jan. 28. This accolade was created to “honour an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”
Besides “Inception,” Nolan has helmed a string of well-received films including his reboot of the Caped Crusader character in both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.” That second film in the franchise won three awards from the VES in 2008, including the top prize of Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture.
Making the announcement, chair of the Visual Effects Awards committee Jeffrey A. Okun said, “Christopher Nolan has been at the forefront in using vfx to help tell complex and astonishing stories that change the way we think about the world around us. His body of work inspires and he continues to push the envelope both technically and in storytelling. Given the amazing work he’s already created in such a short span of time, he is absolutely the best person to receive our inaugural Visionary Award.”
Photo: Christopher Nolan at the “Inception” world premiere (Warner Bros.)