The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards on Sunday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored James Cameron with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering.

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Avatar was the evening's big winner taking home six awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture. Up was honored with three awards including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture.

The 2010 VES Awards will premiere on Friday, March 5 at 10pm ET/PT on ReelzChannel.

The following is the complete list of winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards: