The 9th Annual VES Awards were held tonight in Los Angeles to celebrate the best visual effects in the entertainment industry and Christopher Nolan, who was on hand to receive the inaugural VES Visionary Award, must have been thrilled with how his blockbuster fared throughout the night. 

"Inception" took home four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Motion Picture, the night's biggest prize, thereby dominating the show.  The film is also a clear frontrunner to win the visual effects Oscar later this month.

Other big winners included "The Pacific" and "How To Train Your Dragon" which both received three statues.  "Halo: Reach" and "Boardwalk Empire" each won two awards.  Pixar's Oscar nominated short "Day & Night" won the same honor here.

Alongside Nolan, Ray Harryhausen received a lifetime achievement award which he accepted via video.

A full list of the night's winners are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

Hereafter
Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold        

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
The Pacific
John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program    
    
Boardwalk Empire
Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff 

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately         

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Halo: Reach
Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar  

Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury's Spots V Stripes
Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Halo: Reach
Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan     

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.       

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins     

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas 

Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II - Sarah Kerrigan
Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange  

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller      

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen  

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific - The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich         

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire - The Ivory Tower
J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald        

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

Inception
Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific - Peleliu landing
Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote         

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
Regina Welker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay