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The Adventures Of Tintin Leads Visual Effects Society Award Nominees

Each winter the Visual Effects Society celebrates some often-unsung heroes of modern moviemaking with their special effects-centric award ceremony that honors "the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games," according to the VES website.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first VES Awards, and Jeffrey A. Okun, Chair of the Visual Effects Society, proudly declares:

"The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories…We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

Among those honored are 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, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, each of which was ranked one of the top ten highest-grossing films of 2011.

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

With its globe-trotting scope and masterful manipulation of motion-capture animation, it's little wonder that Steven Spielberg's Golden Globe nominated epic The Adventures of Tintin leads the race with six nominations including Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture. Coming in at a close second with five nods apiece are the fantasy-fueled adventure Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Michael Bay's Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Who will win the most vfx honors will be determined February 7, 2012 when the 10th Annual VES Awards will air exclusively on ReelzChannel.

This year's event will also bestow a Lifetime Achievement Award on comic creator extraordinaire Stan Lee and will present the Society's prestigious Georges Méliès Award to legendary effects producer Douglas Trumbull, whose contributed to such iconic works as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner as well as Terrence Malick's latest marvel The Tree of Life.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.