3D Society Awards winners: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The LEGO Movie,’ ‘X-Men,’ …

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society bestowed 23 golden Lumiere statuettes on Thursday at its annual 3D Creative Arts Awards. The ceremony was held at Warner Bros. Studios, complete with dinner, cocktails, and a presentation of clips showcasing the jury’s picks for the very best in 3D cinema for 2014.

Guardians of the Galaxy” won the prize for Best Live Action 3D Feature, while “The Lego Movie” took home the award for Best Animated 3D Feature. “Guardians” is nominated at the Oscars for both Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup/Hairstyling, while “Lego” contends for Best Song.

Other Oscar nominees to win here included “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for Best Stereography (Animation) and 3D Sequence/Scene of the Year, respectively. And Animated Short contender “Feast” (which played in front of “Big Hero 6”) won Best Animated Short Movie here.

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Since 2009, four out of the five winners of the Lumiere for Best Live Action 3D Feature — “Avatar” (2009), “Hugo” (2011), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “Gravity” (2013) — have gone on to take the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The exception: “TRON: Legacy” (2010), which was snubbed by the Oscars; that award went to “Inception.”

Does this mean “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the new front-runner for Best Visual Effects? It’s currently ranked third amongst our Experts with odds of 6/1, behind “Interstellar” (odds of 2/3) and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (3/1).

As well, three out of the five winners for Animated 3D Feature — “Up” (2009), “Brave” (2012) and “Frozen” (2013) – have won the Oscar. The exceptions were “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010) and “The Adventures of Tintin” (2011); “Dragon” lost to “Toy Story 3,” while “Tintin” wasn’t nominated at the Oscars, paving the way for “Rango” to win. As was the case with “Tintin,” “The Lego Movie” was left off the list for Best Animated Feature, thus allowing for a new front-runner in “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (odds of 8/13).

The Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, an honor that has gone in the past to such filmmakers as Ang Lee, James Cameron, and Martin Scorsese, went to Academy Award nominated French auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet for “The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” which also won for Best 3D Independent Feature. And the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for education and distinguished achievement in 3D storytelling went to Sky, Atlantic Productions and David Attenborough, whose film “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D” also won for 3DTV Historical Documentary.

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