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The Visual Effects Society Nominates…

I won’t spend a lot of time on this, being that we already have the Academy’s shortlist down to ten names. In case you missed the news, the following films are still in the running for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.

“Captain America: The First Avenger”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″

“Hugo”

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

“Real Steel”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“The Tree of Life”

“X-Men: First Class”

This list of nominees from the VES, doesn’t really change or sway much. The frontrunners all managed to pick up a slew of nominations. “Transformers” and “Harry Potter” led the way with five apiece. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” wasn’t far behind with four and “Hugo” picked up the rear with three. One unusual facet of these noms is the complete exclusion of “The Tree of Life,” which many believed to be that fifth slot with the Oscars. Also snubbed were “X-Men: First Class” and “Real Steel,” while “Captain America” and “Thor,” while already kicked off the Academy’s list, managed multiple nominations.

Perhaps the most notable detail that I can see is the complete snubbage of J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8”. Now I know that the film is not on the Academy’s shortlist for this award, but I can remember back to a time when many thought that this film would clean up in the tech categories. Here it doesn’t even merit a single mention. We’ll have to wait for the MPSE and the CAS, but now I’m wondering if the film might be banned from the Kodak entirely.

See the full list of nominees after the cut:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature
“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
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Arthur Christmas”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part ” (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
“The Adventures of Tintin” (Tintin)
“Puss in Boots” (Puss)
“Rango” (Rango)
“Rio” (Nigel)

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
“The Adventures of Tintin” (Bagghar)
“The Adventures of Tintin” (Docks)
“The Adventures of Tintin” (Pirate Battle)
“Puss in Boots” (The Cloud World)
“Rango” (Main Street Dirt)

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
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Arthur Christmas”
“Cars 2”
“Rango”

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”

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