Iron Man Leads Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominees for the 7th
Annual VES Awards ceremony for outstanding visual effects in film, animation,
television, commercials and video games. Iron Man leads with five nominations.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY
CLOVERFIELD
IRON MAN

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture
CHANGELING
EAGLE EYE
VALKYRIE
NIM’S ISLAND
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Motion Picture
BOLT - The Chase
KUNG FU PANDA - Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH - Piella's Mansion
WALL-E

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special
DOCTOR WHO "The Next Doctor" - The Cyber King
GENERATION KILL - Episode 2
JOHN ADAMS - "Join or Die"
KNIGHT RIDER "Prometheus"

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Season Four - BSG Space Battle
SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES "Vick’s Chip"
GHOST WHISPERER "Ghost in the Machine"
HEROES "The Second Coming"

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
FRINGE "Pilot"
JERICHO "Patriots and Tyrants"
LIFE "Frozen Solid"
PUSHING DAISIES "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy"

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
CLOVERFIELD - Statue of Liberty Crash and Woolworth Tower Collapse
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin's Secret
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL - Newborn Klaatu
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Valley Destruction
IRON MAN

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
BACARDI "Sundance"
COKE "It's Mine"

FEDEX "Pigeon"

MONSTER STORK "Stork"

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE: RIVER AT RISK - Main Title Sequence
U2 3D - Selected Shots

Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
CRYSIS WARHEAD
DEAD SPACE
NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER

Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game
COMMAND AND CONQUER: RED ALERT 3 - Chrono-Lab, Empire and Allied Scenes
NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER - Cinematics
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WRATH OF THE LICH KING - Intro Cinematic

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin Button
HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY - Elemental Sequence
IRON MAN
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES - Hogsqueal

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
BOLT - Various Sequences, Bolt
BOLT - Various Sequences, Rhino
KUNG FU PANDA - This Kung Fu Stuff is Hard Work - The Animation of Po
WALL-E – WALL-E and Eve Truck Sequence

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program or Commercial
BACARDI "Sundance"
BRITVIC - "Brains Dance"

COKE "It’s Mine" - Stewie
WHO'S GONNA SAVE MY SOUL

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
BOLT - Various Sequences
KUNG FU PANDA - The Secret Ingredient - Visual Effects of Kung Fu Panda
MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA - Effects in Africa
WALL-E - Effects in WALL-E

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture
CHANGELING - 1928 Downtown L.A.
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK - Matte Paintings
SPEED RACER - Overall Matte Painting Presentation

Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
DOCTOR WHO "Silence in the Library"
GENERATION KILL "Episode 2"
MERLIN "The Mark of Nimueh"

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
THE DARK KNIGHT - Garbage Truck Crash Models and Miniatures
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
IRON MAN - Suit Up Machine
MY DARLING OF THE MOUNTAINS - Hot Springs

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
NEW BALANCE "Anthem"
GHOST WHISPERER "Claridon Ship Shots"

Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture
CLOVERFIELD - Brooklyn Bridge Sequence
THE DARK KNIGHT - IMAX Gotham City Scapes
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Temple Heart
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR - Avalanche Sequence
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK - Created Environment

Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
AUDI "Living Room"
HEROES - Tokyo
JOHN ADAMS "Join or Die" - The Boston Harbor
WRIGLEY'S 5 - Fruit Shredder

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:PRINCE CASPIAN
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Benjamin Comes Together
IRON MAN – HUD Compositing
QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Sienna Chase and Fight Sequence

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
COKE "It's Mine" - ‘Balloons’
FEDEX 'Pigeon' - Pigeon
JOHN ADAMS "Join or Die" - The Boston Harbor
TIME SCULPTURE

Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DARK KNIGHT - Garbage Truck Crash Mechanical Effects
DEFIANCE - Special Effects

Outstanding Effects in a Student Project
HANGAR NUMBER FIVE - Robot Attack

LA MAIN DES MAITRES - Revolution

OUR WONDERFUL NATURE
PLASTIC - Transformation Sequence

The 7th Annual VES Awards will take place on 21 February at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will be awarded the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Phil Tippett will receive the Georges Melies Award.