‘Tintin,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Wow the Visual Effects Society

Animated Steven Spielberg movie and HBO series come out on top in VES nominations

"The Adventures of Tintin" and "Boardwalk Empire" were the leaders in the film and television categories for the 10th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, the VES announced early Monday.

The VES honored visual effects work in 11 different feature film categories and a dozen other categories honoring television, commercials, special venues and video games. The nominees were chosen on Saturday by VES members who attended special screenings in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, New Zealand.

The Adventures of TintinSteven Spielberg's "Tintin" received six nominations in the four categories devoted to animated film, with three of the five noms in the Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Motion Picture category.

The live-action films "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" received five nominations each, but neither captured multiple nominations in any category.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "Rango" each received four, while "Hugo" and "Puss in Boots" received three.

In Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture, the category with by far the biggest overlap between VES nominees and Oscar VFX nominees, the contenders are "Harry Potter," "Planet of the Apes," "Transformers," "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

All five are included in the 10 films still in the running for Oscar nominations.

Also read: Apes, Wizards and Transformers Make the Cut in Oscar VFX Race

In the television categories, "Boardwalk Empire" received four nominations to three for "Game of Thrones."

The VES Awards will take place on February 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air on the ReelzChannel. Comics icon Stan Lee will receive the VES 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, and visual effect pioneer Douglas Trumbull will receive the Georges Méliès Award.

More information, and the list of individuals nominated in each category, is available at the VES website.

The nominees:

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Anonymous
Hugo       
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Source Code
War Horse

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss In Boots
Rango     
The Adventures of Tintin

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Ukranian Ironbelly
Paul – Paul     
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar
The Thing – Edvard/Adam

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Puss In Boots – Puss
Rango – Rango
Rio – Nigel
The Adventures of Tintin – Tintin

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Anonymous – London
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Hogwarts
Thor – Heimdall's Observatory
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 155 Wacker Drive       

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Puss In Boots – The Cloud World
Rango – Main Street Dirt
The Adventures of Tintin – Bagghar
The Adventures of Tintin – Docks
The Adventures of Tintin – Pirate Battle

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Hugo       
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in an Animated Feature Motion Picture    
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2     
Rango
The Adventures of Tintin

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Hogwarts School Buildings
Hugo – Train Crash
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – Parking Garage
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Driller

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon       

TELEVISION AND COMMERCIAL CATEGORIES

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Finding Life Beyond Earth
Gettysburg
Inside the Human Body
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Falling Skies
Fringe
Planet Dinosaur
Terra Nova
The Bomber

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire – Georgia Peaches
Bones – Tornado Case
Breaking Bad – Face Off
Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming
Pan Am – Pilot

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Dior J'adore
Jameson: Fire
Johnnie Walker: Rock Giant
Kia: Share Some Soul
Volkswagen: Hedgehog

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Commercial or Video Game Trailer
Audi A6 Avant – Hummingbird
Coca-Cola Siege
Diablo III: The Black Soulstone
Prey 2     
Sony: 2 Worlds

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Audi A6 Avant – Hummingbird
Canal + – The Bear
Carls Jr. – Robot
Game of Thrones – Fire and Blood

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Audi A6 Avant – Hummingbird
Boardwalk Empire – Two Boats and a Lifeguard
Game of Thrones – The Icewall
Pan Am – Pilot Worldport Terminal
Terra Nova – Terra Nova                 

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Gears of War 3 – Dust to Dust
Ghost Recon – Future Soldier "Camo Up"
Mattel: Hot Wheels
Once Upon A Time – Cinderella's Courtyard

Outstanding Models in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Arrowhead Nature's Fix
Boardwalk Empire
Falling Skies
Once Upon A Time

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Any World: Jeep Call of Duty MWF3
Boardwalk Empire – Gimcrack & Bunkum
Channel 4 – Street Summer
DirecTV – Hot House

OTHER CATEGORIES

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
Amazin'
Humbugged! Rockettes to the Rescue
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Transformers the Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle
Typhoon 360

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
a.maize
Aquatic Bloom
Defective Detective
Hai Hase
Renee the Movie
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