Avatar tops 8th Annual Ves Awards Nominations

No surprise there.  It goes without saying that James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle Avatar has the potential to clean house at the 8th Annual Ves Awards for its breath taking visuals by the acclaimed Weta Digital. Cameron will also be picking up a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the outstanding animated feature category, the nominees include Up, 9, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The official press release is as followed:

3-D Films Dominate With Most Noms as Avatar grabs 11, Coraline 4, and Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Snags Most Company Noms with 9

Los Angeles, January 19, 2010 - The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in over twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.  Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 16, 2010, by numerous blue ribbon panels of Ves members who
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'Avatar' leads Visual Effects Society noms

'Avatar' leads Visual Effects Society noms
James Cameron's "Avatar" led the list of nominations announced Monday by the Visual Effects Society, scooping up 11.

The animated "Coraline," another movie released in 3D, followed with four nominations.

New Zealand-based Weta Digital, which worked on "Avatar," led the company noms with nine.

For visual effects in an effects-driven motion picture feature, the nominees are "2012," "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Noms for supporting visual effects in a movie went to "Angels & Demons," "The Box," "Invictus," "The Road" and "Sherlock Holmes."

  "9," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Up" were nominated for outstanding animation in an animated feature.

Ves noms in 20 categories, covering film, animation, TV, commercials and video games were chosen Saturday by blue-ribbon panels of Ves members, meeting in Burbank, San Francisco and London.

The eighth annual Ves Awards will be handed out on Feb.
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'Slumdog' editor wins at HPA Awards

'Slumdog' editor wins at HPA Awards
"Slumdog Millionaire" took the award for film editing while "Breaking Bad" copped the prize for TV editing at the Hollywood Post Alliance's fourth annual HPA Awards, held Thursday night at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.

The awards honor behind-the-scenes talent working in film, TV and commercials.

Special awards were presented to Ben Burtt, who received the Charles S. Swartz Award for outstanding contribution in the field of post production; Paul Haggar, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Dvs Digital Video Systems, Signiant, S. two Corp., Engineering Excellence Award.

The winners were:

Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a Di Process

"Julie & Julia"

Steven J. Scott // EFilm

Outstanding Color Grading -- Television

"Yankee Stadium Tribute -- Yogi's Bronx"

Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading -- Commercial

Pepsi "Pass"

Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Editing -- Feature Film

"Slumdog Millionaire"

Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing -- Television

"Breaking Bad -- Abq"

Lynne Willingham,
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'Iron Man' tops VES Awards nominees

'Iron Man' tops VES Awards nominees
With five nominations, "Iron Man" leads the list for the seventh annual Ves Awards, which were chosen Saturday by panels comprised of members of the Visual Effects Society.

The Marvel Studios-produced superhero movie was cited in the categories of visual effects in a visual effects-driven movie, best single visual effect of the year, outstanding animated character in a live-action movie, outstanding models and miniatures in a feature, and outstanding special effects in a movie. The nominees cited for "Iron Man" are Ben Snow, Hal Hickel, Victoria Alonso and John Nelson.

Its competition for the best visual effects in a visual effects-driven movie honor are "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler, Greg Butler), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Eric Barba, Edson Williams, Nathan McGuinness, Lisa Beroud), "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Michael J. Wassel, Lucy Killick, Adrian de Wet, Eamonn Butler) and "Cloverfield" (Kevin Blank,
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