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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi and The Avengers earned the most feature nominations — including nods in the top category for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature — for the 11th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, which will be held Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Hobbit led with seven nominations, and Life of Pi and The Avengers were close behind with six each.
ParaNorman received the most nominations for an animated feature with five, including one for outstanding animation in an animated feature. In that category, LAIKA/Focus Features' ParaNorman will compete against Disney/Pixar’s Brave, DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania.
The Hobbit, with VFX from Weta Digital; Life of Pi, whose lead VFX house was Rhythm & Hues; and Avengers, for which most of the VFX work was shared by ILM and Weta are all nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature along with Battleship (ILM was the lead VFX house) and Prometheus (MPC was the lead VFX house).
Four of the five are on the shortlist for the Academy Award for visual effects. The exception, Battleship, was selected for that category instead of other films still in contention for the VFX Oscar, such as The Dark Knight Rises.
Seven of the past 10 winners in the category for outstanding VFX in a VFX-driven feature have gone on to win the Oscar. Last year, Hugo — winner of the VES’ supporting VFX category — won the Academy Award.
In this year's category for outstanding animated character in a live action feature, The Hobbit’s Gollum will face off against Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger in Life of Pi; the Hulk from Avengers and The Hobbit's Goblin King.
Competing for outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature this year are Argo, Rust & Bone, Flight, The Impossible and Zero Dark Thirty.
The VES categories incude features, TV, commercials, games and special venue productions, as well as a student competition. The complete list of VES nominations follows:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Kevin L. Sherwood
Life of Pi
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Rust and Bone
Pau Costa Moeller
Zero Dark Thirty
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis
Once Upon A Time: The Stranger