UPDATE: Voting has completed so below are the nominees and winners of the inaugural Game Anim Awards (winners in bold). The nominations were dominated by three AAA releases: God of War taking home 8 awards, Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 awards, & Red Dead Redemption 2 with 2 awards including Best Game Animation of 2018. Notably, the just-released GRIS won both categories it was nominated in, making it the late stand-out indie game of 2018.

View all poll results here.

Best Playable Character Animation

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War

Best Nonplayer Character Animation

  • Atreus – God of War
  • Uncle – Red Dead Redemption
  • Carl Manfred – Detroid: Become Human

Best Character Control

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Dead Cells
  • God of War

Best Facial Animation

  • God of War
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Best Cinematography

  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Detroit: Become Human

Best Individual Performance

  • Kratos – God of War
  • Arthur Morgan – Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Connor – Detroit: Become Human

Best Technical Achievement

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

Best Technology Innovation

  • 1-Shot Camera: God of War
  • Mode-Adaptive Neural Networks for Quadruped Motion Control
  • Bebylon: Democratising Realtime Performance Capture

Best 2D Game Animation

  • GRIS
  • Dead Cells
  • Celeste

Best 3D Game Animation

  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Moss

Best Use of Motion Capture

  • God of War
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Detroit: Become Human

Best Use of Keyframe

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss
  • Ni No Kuni 2

Best Animation Team

  • Sony Santa Monica
  • Insomniac
  • Rockstar

Best Animation from a Small Team

  • Nomad Studio – GRIS
  • Motion Twin – Dead Cells
  • Polyarc – Moss

Best Animation in a New IP

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Moss
  • A Way Out

Best Overall Animation for Console

  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Overall Animation for Console

  • Monster Hunter World
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Shadow of The Tomb Raider

Best Overall Animation for Mobile

  • Donut County
  • Dandara
  • Transformers: Forged to Fight

Best Overall Animation for VR

  • Astrobot
  • Moss
  • Creed: Rise To Glory

Best Game Animation of 2018

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man

ORIGINAL POST: It’s nearing the end of the year so I thought it time to have some fun with the inaugural Video Game Animation Awards 2018, celebrating exceptional video game animation from games released this year, and is open to everyone interested in interactive character animation.

Part 1 will be the nomination phase and will run for one week until Tuesday December 11th, while Part 2 will come towards the end of December and will form multiple-choice questions based on these responses, with the results announced in early 2019.

The categories are based on responses to the tweet above, grouped into similar sections, with a goal of avoiding one or a handful of winners sweeping up everything. Click the button below to access Part 1, the Nomination process.

Nominations