AWARDS

In February of 2009 the Visual Effects Society awarded Phil the prestigious Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering in the realm of Visual Effects. Phil is the third-ever recipient of the award, in the company of industry legends John Lasseter and Robert Abel. In response to his esteemed recognition as a pioneer of the VFX industry, Phil good-naturedly spurns the title in deference to his predecessors. “Visual effects people are either 'gurus’ or 'magicians’ or 'pioneers.’ he says, But Willis O’Brien was the pioneer. He was the guy who took technologies from the 1800s, and figured out how to turn them into King Kong. The rest of us are craftsmen and practitioners.” He also points out that when it comes to technology, he is enough of a traditionalist to be apprehensive. “I was [dragged] kicking and screaming into the digital age. Some pioneer I was.”

In February 2005, Phil traveled to Frankfurt, Germany to attend the 8th Annual eDIT Film Festival, an international film festival with a focus on storytelling in the digital age. There, he was awarded the festivals highest form of recognition Festival Honors. In a surprise video appearance, Phils mentor and inspirational figure Ray Harryhausen congratulated Tippett on receiving Festival Honors, before cutting to the skeletal battle sequence from Jason and the Argonauts that reportedly inspired Phil to embark upon a career in visual effects. Phil was touched most by this token from his mentor, later remarking that Harryhausen’s congratulations represented the pinnacle for me it was going to the full route, it was really moving. Phil received a place of honor on the Wall of Fame, a permanent installation in the foyer of the German Film Museum in Frankfurt, which represents the Festival Honors awarded annually by eDIT. Phil joins director Peter Greenaway, the cinematographers Michael Ballhaus, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC; visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren, ASC; editor Tom Rolf, ACE; production designer Dante Ferretti and legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. This marks the first time that an animator has received this honor.

Previous commendations include two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA award, and a Golden Satellite Award. Under Phil’s direction, Tippett Studio talent has been nomination for six Academy Awards for which they were awarded two, in the category of Best Visual Effects, for the films Jurassic Park (1993) and Star Wars IV: Return of the Jedi (1983). Tippett Studio has also been nominated for five Visual Effects Society Awards.

Academy Awards:
1993: Jurassic Park – Best Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Michael Lantieri)
1983: Return of the Jedi – Best Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston)

Academy Award Nominations:
2000: Hollow Man – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Scott E Anderson, Craig Hayes, Scott Stokdyk, Stan Parks)
1997: Starship Troopers – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Scott E Anderson, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr,, John Richardson)
1995: Dragonheart – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Scott Squires, Phil Tippett, James Straus, Kit West)
1988: Willow – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Dennis Muren, Michael J McAlister, Christopher Evans)
1982: Dragonslayer – Best Visual Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston, Brian Johnson)

BAFTA Awards:
1994: Jurassic Park Best Special Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Michael Lantieri)

BAFTA Nominations:
1989: RoboCop Best Special Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre)
1984: Return of the Jedi Best Makeup Artist
(Nominated Parties Phil Tippett, Stuart Freeborn)

VES Award Nominations:
2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn – Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
(Nominated Parties: Nathan Abbot, Kip Larsen, Chris Morley, Christopher Paizis)
2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn – Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program
(Nominated Parties: Nathan Abbot, Shelley Campbell, Chris Morley, Christopher Paizis)
2012: Ted: Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
(Nominated Parties: James W. Brown, Brad Fox, Ross Nakamura, Jeff Woo)
2010: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
(Nominated Parties: William Groebe, Brian Mendenhall, Aharon Bourland, Steve Reding)
2008: Cloverfield – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
(Nominated Parties: Kevin Blank, Chantal Feghali, Mike Ellis, Eric Leven)
2008: Spiderwick Chronicle – Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
(Nominated Parties: Todd Labonte, Michael Brunet, Nate Fredenburg, Aharon Bourland)
2007: Enchanted – Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
(Nominated Parties: Tom Gibbons, Jim Brown, David Richard Nelson, John Koester)
2006: Charlotte’s Web – Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture (Nominated Parties Todd Labonte, Jason Armstrong, Sven Jensen and David Richard Nelson)
2006: Charlotte’s Web – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
(Nominated Parties: Karin Joy, John Berton, Blair Clark and John Dietz)
2005: Hellboy Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picutre
(Nominated Parties: Dovi Anderson, Todd Labonte, Sven Jensen, Paul G. Thuriot)

Emmy Awards:
2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn – Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role
(Nominated Parties: Chris Morley, Kip Larsen, Nathan Abbot, Chris Paizis)
1985: Dinosaur! – Emmy Award – Best Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett)
1984: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor – Emmy Award – Best Visual Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards:
1998: Starship Troopers Best Special Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Scott E Anderson, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr,, John Richardson)
1994: Jurassic Park – Best Special Effects
(Awarded to Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Michael Lantieri)
1988: RoboCop Best Special Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre)
1984: Return of the Jedi Best Makeup Artist
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Stuart Freeborn)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Nominations:
1997: Dragonheart Best Special Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Scott Squires, James Straus, Kit West)
1991: RoboCop 2 Best Special Effects
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran)

Satellite Awards
1998: Starship Troopers
(Nominated Parties: Phil Tippett, Scott E. Anderson)

British Horror Festival
2010: MutantLand Best Short Film

Awards