‘Tintin’ Leads the 2012 Visual Effects Society Nominees

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The Adventures of Tintin Visual Effects Society nominees
Photo: Paramount Pictures

2012 Visual Effects Society AwardsEver wonder how many visual effects went into that movie you loved? Well, check out the number of categories below as the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced their nominees for the 10th Annual VES Awards, which will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

Interestingly enough, the film that leads the way with six nominations, The Adventures of Tintin, isn’t one of the ten films eligible for an Oscar in the Best Visual Effects category.

To my knowledge a film doesn’t need to be live-action in order to be eligible in the Effects category at the Oscars, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the fact Tintin is animated played a role in it not being considered. After all, even the VES separates it into an animated category even though a lot of the work done in that film is very similar to what’s being done in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Go figure.

So check out the nominees below and let me know if anything stands out to you. One thing I’ll say, given the VES’s logo mirrors the rocket ship in the moon image from George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, Hugo may have an unfair advantage in a few categories.

You can find the television nominees, where “Boardwalk Empire” led the group with four nominations, right here.

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