Lucas to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

See nomineesThe Visual Effects Society on Wednesday announced its nominations for the 2004 VES Awards.

Among the 19 categories, both New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” received eight nods, while “The Hulk” received three nominations.

Television shows, music videos, commercials and actors are also honored in award categories.

Founded in 1997, the VES is made up of roughly 900 professional visual effects artists and technologists working in the effects industry.

Members of the VES will vote on Feb. 7, with winners announced at the second annual VES Awards ceremony on Feb. 18, at the Hollywood Palladium.

During the awards ceremony, the Visual Effects Society will present George Lucas with the org’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

And the nominees are . . .

Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Jim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

The Matrix Revolutions
John Gaeta, Kim Libreri, George Murphy, Craig Hayes

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
John Knoll, Patrick Myers, Hal Hickel, Jill Brooks

Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Bad Boys 2
Carey Villegas. Rob Legato, David Taritero, Layne Friedman

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Stefen Fangmeier, Robert Stromberg, Nathan McGuinness, Brooke Breton

The Last Samurai
Jeffrey A. Okun, Thomas Boland, Bill Mesa, Ray McIntyre, Jr.

Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Battlestar Galactica
Gary Hutzel, Kristen L. Branan, Emile E. Smith, Lee Stringer

Dinosaur Planet
Sebastien Dostie

Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune: Night 1
Ernest Farino, Tim McHugh, Chris Q. Zapara, Glenn A. Campbell

Helen of Troy
Sam Nicholson, Adam Ealovega, Joshua Hatton, Tim Donahue

Visual Effects in a Television Series

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 7, Episode #22
Loni Peristere, Patti Gannon, Ronald Thornton, Chris Zapara

Carnivale, Episode #1.01
David T. Altenau, Ariel V. Shaw, Thomas L. Bellissimo, Barbara J. Marshall

ER #176008
Sam Nicholson, Kyle J. Healey, Eric Grenaudier, Anthony Ocampo

Sea Monsters “A Walking with Dinosaurs Special”
Max Tyrie, Tim Greenwood, Darren Byford, Mike Milne

Visual Effects in a Commercial

Johnnie Walker “Fish”
Murray Butler, William Bartlett, Jake Mengers, Helen Mackenzie

Nike “Gamebreaker”
Eric Barba, Richard Morton, Walt Hyneman, Dave Stern

Nike “Speed Chain”
Eric Barba, Greg Teegarden, Dave Stern, Jay Barton

Visual Effects in a Music Video

Outkast “Hey Ya”
Elad Offer

Pass That Dutch
Jonathan Keeton, Aladino Debert, Andy McKenna, Scott Rader

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year in any Medium

The Hulk
Dennis Muren, Scott Benza, Michael DiComo, Wilson Tang

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Jim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

The Matrix Reloaded “Trailer Top Crash”
John Gaeta, Dan Glass, Adrian de Wett, Greg Juby

Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture

The Hulk
Scott Benza, Jamy Wheless, Kevin Martel, Aaron Ferguson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Steven Hornby, Andy Serkis, Matthias Menz, Greg Butler

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Susan Campbell, James Tooley, Geoff Campbell, Dugan Beach

Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

Finding Nemo “Inside the Whale”
Dave DeVan, Gini Santos

Finding Nemo “Speaking Whale”
Andrew Gordon, Brett Coderre

Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Scott Harens, Chuck Schuman, Sven Harens

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Geoff Heron, Robert Clot, Jason Brackett, John McLeod

Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Carnivale, Episode #4 “Dust Storm”
Thomas L Bellissimo

Carnivale “Pilot”
Thomas L. Bellissimo, Charles Belardinelli

Matte Painting in a Motion Picture

The Hulk
Brett Northcutt, Joshua Ong

Peter Pan
Yusei Uesugi, Giles Hancock

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Yanick Dusseault, Susumu Yukuhiro, Jonathan Harb

Matte Painting in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Dinosaur Planet
Arnaud Brisebois, Philippe Roberge, Sean Samuels

NCIS #001 “Yankee White”
Steven J. Rogers

Smallville “Insurgence”
Eli Jarra, Joseph Brattesani, Brian Bell

Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Richard Taylor, Paul Van Ommen, Eric Saindon

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl “Captain Barbossa”
Geoff Campbell, James Tooley, Steve Walton, Dugan Beach

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl “The Interceptor”
Charlie Bailey, Peter Bailey, Robert Edwards, Don Bies

Models and Miniatures in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Battlestar Galactica
Lee Stringer, Jose Perez, Gabriel Koerner, Mike Enriquez

Helen of Troy
Anthony Ocampo

Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Alex Funke, Rob Kerr, Henk Prins

The Matrix Reloaded “U-Cap Facial Photography”
Kim Libreri, George Borshukov, Paul Ryan, John Gaeta

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Carl Miller, Mike Conte, Tami Carter

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Pat Sweeney, Mike Bienstock, Grady Cofer, John Hansen

Compositing in a Motion Picture

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
George Macri, Mike Hardison, Patrick Murphy, Dan Trezise

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Moritz Glaesle, Mark Lewis, Kara Vandeleur

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World “Storm”
Philip R. Brennan

Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Angels in America
Stefano Trivelli

Battlestar Galactica
Patti Gannon, Chris Jones, Sean Apple, Jarrod Davis

Smallville “Accelerate”
Mat Beck, Eli Jarra, Ivan DeWolf, Brian Harding

Performance by a Male or Female Actor in an Effects Film

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sean Astin

Peter Pan
Ludivine Sangier

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Keira Knightley

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