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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

"Big Hero 6," "Boxtrolls" lead animated films

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” nabbed five nominations, the most among feature films, as the Visual Effects Society announced its 2015 VES Award nominees.

“Apes” will compete with “Interstellar” (4 noms), “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (4 noms), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2 noms), “Maleficent” (2 noms) and  “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for the org’s top honor: 0ustanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven photoreal/live action feature motion picture.

“Apes” has two characters nommed for “Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture”: Its hero, Caesar, and its villain, Koba.

Big Hero 6” and “The Boxtrolls” lead animated films with five VES noms.

In the feature film supporting f/x category, nominees are “Birdman,” “Divergent,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and “Unbroken.”

Among TV series, “Game of Thrones” collected the most noms, with five. Its episode “The Children” will compete for top TV honors with “Constantine; A Feast of Friends,” “Hemlock Grove,” Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and “The Flash.”

The Visual Effects Society nominees are chosen by voting at events at all of the body’s nine sections: Australia, (San Francisco) Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver.

J.J. Abrams will receive the org’s Visionary Award. Ridley Scott, who had been slated to receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, is unable to attend and will be honored at some future date. The org said Scott’s production schedule had changed.

The VES Awards will be presented Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton.

A complete list of nominees can be found here.

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