On Monday, January 19, Visual Effects Society have announced their nominees for the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards and "Iron Man" dominates the fields with five gongs. The superhero movie starring Robert Downey Jr. is up for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture and Best Single Visual Effect of the Year among other things.
In those two categories, the Jon Favreau-directed action movie will be facing strong competition from from "Cloverfield" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". Still, for the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven title, it also has to overshadow "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army", while for the Single Visual Effect of the Year prize, it has to go up against "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".
Aside from "Iron Man", other multiple nominations recipients included "Crystal Skull", "The Dark Knight" and "Bolt", each of which collects four nods. "Dark Knight" receiving two in the special-effects category and one for models and miniatures. "Bolt" is given gongs in animation fields, while "Crystal Skull" collects nods also for real time visuals and matte paintings.
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will receive the VES lifetime achievement award and creature-effects ace Phil Tippett will receive the George Melies award for artistic excellence. The 7th VES Awards will be presented February 21 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
List of Motion Picture Nominees for 7th Visual Effects Society Awards:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture: