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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

Vfx org disagrees with AMPAS (again) about year's top films

The Millennium Falcon, Dany’s Dragons and Good ‘Ol Charlie Brown soared above the pack as the Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 14th annual VES Awards.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (pictured) nabbed the most feature film nominations, earning seven total. “The Peanuts Movie” topped the animated films with five nominations.

But this year, nothing got as many nominations as “Game of Thrones,” which took nine — a sharp uptick from the five it got last year.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” both have three nominations. “Inside Out” (four nominations) and “The Good Dinosaur” (four nominations) are up against “The Peanuts Movie” in each of their categories.

As they often do, the VES Award nominations went in a very different direction from the Academy’s visual effects Oscar process. The 10 films that achieved a spot in the Oscar bake-off, in order of presentation, were: “Ant-Man,” “Tomorrowland,” “Jurassic World,” “The Martian,” “The Walk,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Revenant,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Ex Machina” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Five of those pictures will be nominated for vfx Oscar. (The nominees will be revealed Thursday.)

The nominees for the Society’s top category, Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, are “Furious 7,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “San Andreas” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” For supporting effects, the org nominated “Bridge of Spies,” “Everest,” “In The Heart of the Sea,” “The Revenant” and “The Walk.”

While the VES included “San Andreas” and “Furious 7” in its top five, they didn’t make the Academy’s top 10. Marvel’s two 2015 features were in the Academy bake-off, but not in the Society’s final five.

Bake-off finalist “Ex Machina” didn’t manage a single nomination from the VES.

The Academy bake-off was held Saturday night in Beverly Hills, and ballots were cast on the spot, so the VES nominations have no influence on Oscar nominations.

The Visual Effects Society nominees are chosen by members via 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.

Ridley Scott will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Syd Mead will receive the organization’s Visionary Award.

The VES Awards will be presented Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Full list of nominees below.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Furious 7”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“San Andreas”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
“Bridge of Spies”
“Everest”
“In the Heart of the Sea”
“The Revenant”
“The Walk”

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
“Anomalisa”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate”
“Destiny: The Taken King”
“Halo 5: Guardians”
“The Hobbit: A Thief in the Shadows”
“The Order: 1886”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Childhood’s End” — “Night Three”
Game of Thrones” — “The Dance of Dragons”
“Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” — “Arabella”
“Nezlamna” — “Sea Dogfight”
“The Strain” — “Identity”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
Audi — “Birth”
“Halo 5” — “The Hunt Begins”
Ikea — “T-shirts”
SSE — “Pier”
“Game of War” — “Rooftop Alliance”

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
“Fast and Furious: Supercharged”
“Goosebumps” VR Adventure
Nike — “The Neymar Jr. Effect”
“Kaka’s Great Adventure”
“SpongeBob SubPants”

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
“Ant-Man” — The Microverse
“Jurassic World” — Jungle Chase
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Falcon Chase/Graveyard
“Tomorrowland” — Tomorrowland Center
“The Walk” — World Trade Center

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
“Agent Carter” — “Now is Not the End”
“Black Sails” — “XVIII”
“Daredevil” — “Speak of the Devil”
“Penny Dreadful” — “And They Were Enemies”
“Vikings” — “To the Gates”

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” — Hulk
“Chappie” — Chappie
“The Revenant” — The Bear
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Maz

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur” — Spot
“Inside Out” — Joy
“The Peanuts Movie” — Charlie Brown
“The Peanuts Movie” — Snoopy

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur” — The Farm
“Inside Out” — Imagination Land
“The Peanuts Movie” — Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” — Under the Arches

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
“Game of Thrones” — “The Dance of Dragons” — Drogon Arena Rescue
“Game of Thrones” — “Mother’s Mercy” — Wounded Drogon
SSE — “Pier” — Orangutan
Sainsbury’s — Mog

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
“Black Sails” — Charles Town Harbor
Game of Thrones” — City of Volantis
“Game of Thrones” — Drogon Arena
“Vikings” — Paris

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project
“Ant-Man” — Macro Action
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” — Underwater Torus Chamber
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Falcon Chase/Graveyard
“The Walk” — Towers Walk

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial or Real-Time Project
“Game of Thrones” — “Hardhome”
“Halo 5” — “The Hunt Begins”
Lipton — “The Revolution in Tea”
SSE — “Pier”

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant” — Bear Attack
“San Andreas” — Los Angeles Destruction
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
“Tomorrowland”

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” — Hulkbuster
“Everest” — Mt. Everest
“Jurassic World” — Indominus Rex
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — BB-8

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” — Hulk vs. Hulkbuster
“Mad Max: Fury Road” — Toxic Storm
“San Andreas” — Hoover Dam/San Francisco Tsunami
“San Andreas” — Los Angeles Destruction
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — Starkiller Base

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode
“Game of Thrones” — Drogon Arena
“Game of Thrones” — Drogon Lair
“Game of Thrones” — “Hardhome”
“Vikings” — “To the Gates”

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Home”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial
“Game of War” — “Rooftop Alliance”
“Halo 5” — “The Hunt Begins”
SSE — “Pier”
Under Armour — “Rule Yourself

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
“Citipati”
“Jagon”
“Korser”
“Skål”

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