Oscar Contenders

2013 Visual Effects Society Nominees Led by 'Hobbit', 'Life of Pi' and 'Avengers'

ParaNorman leads the animated contenders with five nominations

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced their nominees for the 2013 VES Awards and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is leading the way with seven nominations, followed closely by Life of Pi and The Avengers with six each and ParaNorman leading the animated nominees with five.

With so many categories at the VES Awards, it's tough to really place a finger on where to look if you're looking for help with your Oscar predictions, but the five nominees for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature is going to be your best bet, and of the five nominees -- The Hobbit, Prometheus, Life of Pi, The Avengers and Battleship -- only Battleship didn't make the shortlist for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars. The other four films, as it so happens, are also my top four films currently predicted to be nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars with Snow White and the Huntsman being the fifth.

Snow White, however, wasn't nominated for a single award. In fact, the only films on the Visual Effects shortlist that were nominated were The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises with one nomination each.

I have listed all the feature film nominations directly below and you can see my current Best Visual Effects predictions at the Oscars right here. The awards will be handed out on February 5.

EXTRA: Entertainment Weekly as a visual effects featurette for The Avengers. If you're interested click here.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Prometheus
  • Life of Pi
  • The Avengers
  • Battleship

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture

  • Rust and Bones
  • The Impossible
  • Argo
  • Flight
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Brave
  • ParaNorman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Hotel Transylvania

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: Goblin King
  • The Hobbit: Gollum
  • The Avengers: The Hulk
  • Life of Pi: Richard Parker

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Brave: Argument
  • Hotel Transylvania: Dracula
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope
  • The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: Goblin Caverns
  • Prometheus: LV-233
  • The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan
  • Life of Pi: Open Ocean

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Brave: The Forest
  • ParaNorman: Graveyard
  • ParaNorman: Main Street
  • Rise of the Guardians: The North Pole

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Avengers: Downtown Manhattan
  • Total Recall: Hover Car Chase
  • The Amazing Spider-Man

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture

  • The Avengers: Helicarrier
  • The Impossible: Orchid Hotel
  • Men in Black III: Cape Canaveral / Apollo Launch
  • The Dark Knight Rises: Airplane Heist

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Brave
  • ParaNorman: Practical Volumetrics
  • ParaNorman: Angry Aggie Ink-Blot Electricity
  • Rise of the Guardians: Last Stand

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi: Storm of God
  • Battleship
  • Life of Pi: Ocean

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi: Storm of God
  • The Avengers: Hulk Punch
  • Prometheus: Engineers & the Orrery
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    For the Oscars, The Hobbit, Life of Pi, and The Avengers all seem like locks. Prometheus also seems likely. The last slot could go to Spider-Man, or maybe Skyfall scoops up another. I suppose Cloud Atlas is a possibility too.

    • Dan

      Dream on. The visual effects people care about the quality of the film, and only nominate critically savaged or mixed films if something groundbreaking occurred in one of the bombs (Pirates (Davy Jones), The Golden Compass, Transformers (Major CGI characters shot in 3D). Therefore, on Thursday it'll be The Hobbit (Gollum and all the new creatures), The Life of Pi (Richard Parker), The Avengers (the final battle and the Hulk), The Dark Knight Rises (flawless mixture of minitures, practical stuff, and CGI), and probably Skyfall due to Bondmania (although this seems undeserved given the horrible work on the Komodo Dragon). The one spoiler could be Prometheus but seems unlikely due to the very mixed reception and nothing groundbreaking in the film. The others: John Carter (Huge bomb commercially and negative critical reception), Cloud Atlas (Bomb and bad reviews), Spider Man ( hit with a god awful lizard).

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Dranderz/ Dranderz

        I might have to agree. Although I think Skyfall is a bit of a stretch, despite "Bondmania". I'm leaning toward Prometheus in the #5 slot, since it's visual effects we're one of it's principle redeeming qualities.

  • matthewbrady

    the hobbit will by far

    • matthewbrady

      I was mean the hobbit will win by far