Visual Effects Society Goes for ‘Inception’

Christopher Nolan tops film categories with four nods; “Boardwalk Empire” leads all nominees with five

Christopher Nolan already knew that he wasn't going home empty-handed from the Ninth annual Visual Effects Society Awards.

But now, his film "Inception" has the chance to add several more honors to the VES Visionary Award that Nolan is due to receive at the February 1 ceremony.

InceptionNolan's hit movie was the most-honored film in the VES nominations, which were announced on Sunday. In addition to a nomination in the category of Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature, the film was also singled out for its created environment, models and miniatures and compositing.

Other multiple nominees included "Iron Man 2," "Tron: Legacy," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" and the animated "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," with three each, and "Alice in Wonderland," "Hereafter," "Tangled," "Toy Story 3" and "Shrek Forever After," with two.

"Inception," "Tron" and "Alice" are considered Oscar frontrunners.

The biggest overall nominee was the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," with five noms.

The VES announced nominees in 24 categories, ranging from film and television to commercial and video games.

The ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will also honor Ray Harryhausen with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The complete list of nominees:

MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Iron Man 2
TRON: Legacy
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Green Zone
SALT
Hereafter
Black Swan
Robin Hood

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Tangled
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Shrek Forever After
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader – Reepicheep
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – Dobby
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – Kitty Galore
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – Kreacher

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – Digger
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Tangled – Rapunzel
Megamind – Minion

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Shrek Forever After
How to Train Your Dragon
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Toy Story 3

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Iron Man 2 – Stark Expo
TRON: Legacy – Disc Game
Inception – Paris Dreamscape
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – Sand Room

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Shutter Island – Ward-C Int./Ext. Lighthouse Int./Ext.
Iron Man 2 – Hammer Military Drones
The Expendables – The Palace Explodes
Inception – Hospital Fortress Destruction

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
TRON: Legacy
Alice In Wonderland – Stolen Tarts
Inception
Hereafter – Tsunami Sequence

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Looney Tunes – Coyote Falls
Day & Night
Paths of Hate
Tick Tock Tale
Cat Shit One – The Animated Series

TELEVISION

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Last Day of the Dinosaurs
Inside The Perfect Predator
The Pacific
Prep and Landing: Operation Secret Santa
America – Story of US

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
No Ordinary Family
V
The Event
Stargate: Universe

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
The Walking Dead
Human Target
Boardwalk Empire
Lost
Undercovers

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Cadbury – Freida Steer
Prep and Landing: Operation Secret Santa – Lanny
Logitech – Robot

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire – Boardwalk
The Event – To Keep Us Safe
The Pacific – The Battle of Iwo Jima
Boardwalk Empire – Family Limitation

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Family Guy – Brian Griffin’s House of Payne
Boardwalk Empire – The Ivory Tower

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Drench Cubehead
Boardwalk Empire – Episode 1
Travelers “Watering Hole”
The Pacific – Peleliu landing

COMMERCIALS

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Wrigley’s 5 Gum – React
DirecTV “Ice Cream”
Barclaycard Rollercoaster
Halo: Reach
Verizon – Towers

Outstanding Animated Commercial
World of Warcraft
Dante’s Inferno: Hell Awaits
Target “A Better Bullseye”
Andrex
Cadbury’s Spots V Stripes

MISCELLANEOUS/VIDEO GAMES

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
City of Ruins
King Kong 360 3D
Flight of the Dragon
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
StarCraft II
Need for Speed
Halo: Reach
Kinectimals

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: The Old Republic 2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
Halo: Reach – Kat
Kinectimals – Cub
StarCraft II – Sarah Kerrigan

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
Time For Change
Das Tub
Nuisible(s)