Oscars 2014: VES Nominations

The Visual Effects Society announced their nominations today. I thought they were coming tomorrow. But cool. One more to deal with and make my life easier for tomorrow, when my (incredibly long. Get ready, people. It’s… lengthy) Oscar nomination guesses article goes up.

Let’s get into them:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Photoreal/Live-Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar

Maleficent

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Look at the name of that category. My god. Think they got specific enough?

These are six on your shortlist. This basically lets me know Godzilla doesn’t really stand a chance, as much as I’d like it to.

Let’s work through everything, though, before I make any judgments.

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Birdman

Divergent

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Unbroken

Blank. I mean, good for them and all, but, this does nothing for the category.

If we’re really talking supporting visual effects, Birdman takes this.

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Rio 2

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie. How do you not?

Outstanding Performance of an Animated Character in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Caesar)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Koba)

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket)

Maleficent (Thistlewit)

They randomly nominated Juno Temple’s character? Okay.

I wonder how much they value the animation of Serkis’s character over Serkis himself performing the role.

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Big Hero 6 (Baymax)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Hiccup)

Rio 2 (Gabi)

The Boxtrolls (Archibald Snatcher)

K.

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Triskelion Headquarters)

Interstellar (Tesseract)

Lucy (Times Square)

Noah (Antediluvian Earth)

Any use of the word Antediluvian, really.

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Big Hero 6 (Into the Portal)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Oasis)

The Book of Life (Magical Land of the Remembered)

The Boxtrolls (Boxtroll Cavern)

Sure.

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal/Live Action Motion Media Project

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow (Beach and Paris Attacks)

Interstellar (Tesseract)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Kitchen Scene)

Only one of these is general.

Outstanding Models in any Motion Media Project

Big Hero 6 (City of San Fransokyo)

The Boxtrolls (Mecha-Drill)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Laketown)

Transformers: Age of Extinction (Knightship)

There’s been a surprising lack of Transformers so far.

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Helicarrier Broadside)

Edge of Tomorrow (Destruction and Sand)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Quicksilver Pentagon Kitchen)

Kinda don’t care about these categories.

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (The Battle)

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

Just when I don’t care, they go and do animation. Where I really don’t care.

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Edge of Tomorrow (Beach)

Interstellar (Water)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

So that’s everything.

Now, we can talk.

What does this tell me…

I don’t really know. I’ll figure it out tomorrow.

But we have guild nominations.

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