‘The Hobbit’ Wows the Visual Effects Society

Middle-earth saga leads VES nominations with seven; "Life of Pi," "The Avengers" receive six

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" received seven nominations from the Visual Effects Society to lead all feature films, the VES announced on Monday. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and Marvel's superhero film "The Avengers" each received six.

The HobbitIn the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscar category for visual effects, the nominees were "The Hobbit," "Prometheus," "Life of Pi," "The Avengers" and "Battleship."

"Rust and Bone," "The Impossible," "Argo," "Flight" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are competing in the category of Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

"Brave," "ParaNorman," "Rise of the Guardians," "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Hotel Transylvania" received nominations in the Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture category. Overall, "ParaNorman" led the animation categories with five nominations, to four for "Brave" and three for "Rise of the Guardians."

Television programs singled out by VES voters include "Game of Thrones," "Once Upon a Time," "Falling Skies," "Curiosity," "Munsters: Mockingbird Lane," "Hemingway & Gellhorn," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Hawaii Five-O."

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," which has not been faring well this awards season, received a single nomination, for its models.

Nominations were made in 24 different categories in live-action and animated film, television, commercials, video games and special projects. Nominees were selected at a number of special sessions attended by VES members on Saturday, Jan. 5.

At the ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Ang Lee will be honored with the VES Visionary Award.

The nominations:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Prometheus
Life of Pi
The Avengers

Battleship

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Rust and Bone
The Impossible
Argo
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis
Once Upon A Time: The Stranger
Falling Skies: Worlds Apart
Curiosity
Munsters: Mockingbird Lane

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Dirt Showdown
Forza Horizon
Dishonored

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Brave
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph
Hotel Transylvania

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Boardwalk Empire
: Episode 308
Men Who Built America: Episode 2
Hell On Wheels: Blood Moon
Hawaii Five-O: La O Na Makuahine

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Pepsi: Crowd Surfing
Nike: Biomorph
Lady Gaga: Fame
Norfolk Southern: City of Possibilities
Call of Duty: Surprise

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: Goblin King
The Hobbit: Gollum
The Avengers: The Hulk
Life of Pi: Richard Parker

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Brave: Argument
Hotel Transylvania: Dracula
Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope
The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Ted: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Sinbad: Episode 1
Hallmark: Motherbird
Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: Goblin Caverns
Prometheus: LV-233
The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan
Life of Pi: Open Ocean

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Brave: The Forest
ParaNorman: Graveyard
ParaNorman: Main Street
Rise of the Guardians: The North Pole

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Avengers: Downtown Manhattan
Total Recall: Hover Car Chase
The Amazing Spider-Man

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
The Avengers: Helicarrier
The Impossible: Orchid Hotel
Men in Black 3: Cape Canaveral/ Apollo Launch
The Dark Knight Rises: Airplane Heist

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Brave
ParaNorman: Practical Volumetrics
ParaNorman: Angry Aggie Ink-Blot Electricity
Rise of the Guardians: Last Stand

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Sinbad
Pyke
Call of Duty: Eclipse – Surprise
5 Gum RPM: Choose Your Energy

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Toyota: Real Deal
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Call of Duty: Eclipse – Surprise
ZombiU

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi: Storm of God
Battleship
Life of Pi: Ocean

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program
Nike: Biomorph
Last Resort: Captain
Guinness: Cloud
Nissan Altima: Wouldn't it be Cool

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi: Storm of God
The Avengers: Hulk Punch
Prometheus: Engineers & the Orrery

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Last Resort: Captain
White Walker Army
Hell On Wheels: Blood Moon

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial\
Chevy 2012 Silverado
Norfolk Southern: City of Possibilities
Call of Duty: Eclipse – Surprise
Nike: Game On, World

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
SeaWorld: Turtle Trek 3D/ 360
Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet
The Ball Unleashed

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
Voile Noir
Globosome
Rollin' Safari
Natalis