"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cloverfield," "Iron Man" and "Wall-E" are among the nominees for the 7th annual Visual Effects Society Awards, which were announced Monday.
Nominees for the outstanding visual effects in a visual effects driven motion picture are Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler and Greg Butler for "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"; Eric Barba, Edson Williams, Nathan McGuinness and Lisa Beroud for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Michael J. Wassel, Lucy Killick, Adrian de Wet and Eamonn Butler for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"; and Ben Snow, Hal Hickel, Victoria Alonso and John Nelson for "Iron Man."
"Eagle Eye"; Richard R. Hoover, Marciel Pagulayan, Peter Notz and Daniel Eaton for "Valkyrie"; Camille Celucci, Scott Gordon, Fred Pienkos and James Straus for "Nim's Island"; and Mark Russell, Richard Friedlander, Eric Robertson and Brett Miller for "Synecdoche, New York."
Vying for outstanding animation in an animated motion picture are Chris Williams, Byron Howard, John Murrah and Doug Bennett for "Bolt" -- "The Chase"; Markus Manninen, Dan Wagner, Alex Parkinson and Raymond Zibach for "Kung Fu Panda"-"Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting"-the animation of Kung Fu Panda; Nick Park, Steve Pegram, Dave Alex Riddett and David McCormick for "A Matter of Loaf and Death"-"Piella's Mansion"; and Andrew Stanton, Jim Morris, Lindsey Collins and Nigel Hardwidge for "Wall-E."
Contenders for best single visual effect of the year are Michael Ellis, Chantal Feghali, David Vickery and Ben Taylor for the Statute of Liberty crash and the Woolworth Tower collapse in "Cloverfield"; Eric Barba, Lisa Beroud, Steve Preeg and Jonathan Litt for "Benjamin's Secret" in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Jeffrey A. Okun, R. Christopher White, Thomas M. Boland and Ben Thompson for "Newborn Klaatu" in "The Day the Earth Stood Still; Stephanie Hornish, Pablo Helman, Jeff White and Craig Hammack for the valley destruction in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"; and Ben Show, Wayne Billheimer, Victoria Alonso and John Nelson for "Iron Man."
For outstanding animated character in a live action motion picture, the nominees are Steve Preeg, Matthias Wittmann, Tom St. Amand and David McLean for Benjamin Button in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Colin McEvoy and Christoph Ammann for the elemental sequence in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"; Hal Hickel, Bruce Holcomb, James Tooley and John Walker for "Iron Man" and Todd Labonte, Michael Brunet, Nathan Fredenburg and Aharon Bourland for Hogsqueal in "The Spiderwick Chronicles."
Outstanding animated character in an animation motion picture nominees are Becky Bresee, Bob Davies, Renato Dos Anjos and Wayne Unten Jr. for various sequences with Bolt in "Bolt"; Adam Dykstra, Dave Gottlieb, Clay Kaytis and Hyrum Osmond for various sequences with Rhino in "Bolt"; Jack Black, Dan Wagner, Nico Marlet and Peter Farson "This Kung Fu Stuff is Hard Work" -- the animation of Po -- in "Kung Fu Panda'; and Ben Burtt, Victor Navone, Austin Lee and Jay Shuster for the Wall-E and Eve truck sequence in "Wall-E."
The nominees for outstanding effects animation in an animated feature motion picture are John Murrah, Michael Kaschalk, Dale Mayeda and Adolph Lusinsky for various sequences in "Bolt"; Markus Manninen, Alex Parkinson, Amaury Aubel and Lawrence Lee for "The Secret Ingredient" -- the visual effects of Kung Fu Panda in "Kung Fu Panda"; Scott Peterson, Laurent Kermel, Andrew Wheeler and Greg Gladstone for effects in Africa in "Madagascar Escape 2 Africa"; and Jason Johnston, Keith Daniel Klohn, Enrique Vila and Bill Watral for effects in "Wall-E."
Vying for outstanding matte paintings in a feature motion picture are Romain Bayle, Abel Milanes, Allan Lee and Debor Dunphy for 1928 downtown L.A. in "Changeling"; Richard Bluff, Barry Williams, Yanick Dusseault and Yusei Uesugi for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'; Brett Miller, Garrett Eaton and Matthew Conner for "Synecdoche, New York"; and Lubo Hristov, Dennis Martin and Ron Crabb for overall matte painting presentation for "Speed Racer."
The nominees for outstanding special effects in a motion picture are Chris Corbould, Peter Notley and Ian Lowe for "The Dark Knight"; Scott Beverly, Robert Spurlock, Jon Warren and Brian Kelly Hahn for garbage truck crash mechanical effects in "The Dark Knight"; Neil Corbould, Steve Warner, Anna Maria Walters and Alan Young for "Defiance".
The awards will be handed out on Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
For a complete list of film, animation, television, commercial and video game nominees go to www.visualeffectssociety.com