Christopher Nolan will receive the inaugural VES Visionary Award from at the Visual Effects Society’s 9th annual awards show on January 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.

The award is designed to honour an individual who has “uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.”

Nolan’s most recent hit, the sci-fi mystery Inception, grossed more than $820m worldwide this year. His credits famously include The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige and Memento.

“Christopher Nolan has been at the forefront in using vfx to help tell complex and astonishing stories that change the way we think about the world around us,” Jeffrey A Okun, chair of the Visual Effects Awards committee said.

“His body of work inspires and he continues to push the envelope both technically and in storytelling. Given the amazing work he’s already created in such a short span of time, he is absolutely the best person to receive our inaugural Visionary Award.”