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Nominees for 2004 VES Awards Announced

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominations for its 2004 VES Awards.

VES membership viewing of the nominees and voting will take place on Feb. 7. Winners will be announced at the second annual VES Awards event on Feb.18 at the Hollywood Palladium. The evening will be highlighted by the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to George Lucas. Making the presentation will be Academy Award-winning director James Cameron.

The nominees are:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGJim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONSJohn Gaeta, Kim Libreri, George Murphy, Craig Hayes

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLJohn Knoll, Patrick Myers, Hal Hickel, Jill Brooks

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

BAD BOYS 2Carey Villegas. Rob Legato, David Taritero, Layne Friedman

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLDStefen Fangmeier, Robert Stromberg, Nathan McGuinness, Brooke Breton

THE LAST SAMURAIJeffrey A. Okun, Thomas Boland, Bill Mesa, Ray McIntyre Jr.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie or a Special

BATTLESTAR GALACTICAGary Hutzel, Kristen L. Branan, Emile E. Smith, Lee Stringer

DINOSAUR PLANETSebastien Dostie

FRANK HERBERT'S CHILDREN OF DUNE: NIGHT 1Ernest Farino, Tim McHugh, Chris Q. Zapara, Glenn A. Campbell

HELEN OF TROYSam Nicholson, Adam Ealovega, Joshua Hatton, Tim Donahue

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Series

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Season 7, Episode #22Loni Peristere, Patti Gannon, Ronald Thornton, Chris Zapara

CARNIVALE, Episode #1.01David T. Altenau, Ariel V. Shaw, Thomas L. Bellissimo, Barbara J. Marshall

ER #176008Sam Nicholson, Kyle J. Healey, Eric Grenaudier, Anthony Ocampo

SEA MONSTERS "A Walking with Dinosaurs Special"Max Tyrie, Tim Greenwood, Darren Byford, Mike Milne

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Johnnie Walker FISHMurray Butler, William Bartlett, Jake Mengers, Helen Mackenzie

Nike GAMEBREAKEREric Barba, Richard Morton, Walt Hyneman, Dave Stern

Nike SPEED CHAINEric Barba, Greg Teegarden, Dave Stern, Jay Barton

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video

Outkast HEY YAElad Offer

PASS THAT DUTCHJonathan Keeton, Aladino Debert, Andy McKenna, Scott Rader

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year in any Medium

THE HULKDennis Muren, Scott Benza, Michael DiComo, Wilson Tang

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGJim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

THE MATRIX RELOADED "Trailer Top Crash"John Gaeta, Dan Glass, Adrian de Wett, Greg Juby

Outstanding Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture

THE HULKScott Benza, Jamy Wheless, Kevin Martel, Aaron Ferguson

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGSteven Hornby, Andy Serkis, Matthias Menz, Greg Butler

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLSusan Campbell, James Tooley, Geoff Campbell, Dugan Beach

Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

FINDING NEMO "Inside the Whale"Dave DeVan, Gini Santos

FINDING NEMO "Speaking Whale"Andrew Gordon, Brett Coderre

Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGScott Harens, Chuck Schuman, Sven Harens

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLGeoff Heron, Robert Clot, Jason Brackett, John McLeod

Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

CARNIVALE, Episode #4 "Dust Storm"Thomas L Bellissimo

CARNIVALE "Pilot"Thomas L. Bellissimo, Charles Belardinelli

Outstanding Matte Painting in a Motion Picture

THE HULKBrett Northcutt, Joshua Ong

PETER PANYusei Uesugi, Giles Hancock

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLYanick Dusseault, Susumu Yukuhiro, Jonathan Harb

Outstanding Matte Painting in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

DINOSAUR PLANETArnaud Brisebois, Philippe Roberge, Sean Samuels

NCIS #001 "Yankee White"Steven J. Rogers

SMALLVILLE "Insurgence"Eli Jarra, Joseph Brattesani, Brian Bell

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGRichard Taylor, Paul Van Ommen, Eric Saindon

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL "Captain Barbossa"Geoff Campbell, James Tooley, Steve Walton, Dugan Beach

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL "The Interceptor"Charlie Bailey, Peter Bailey, Robert Edwards, Don Bies

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

BATTLESTAR GALACTICALee Stringer, Jose Perez, Gabriel Koerner, Mike Enriquez

HELEN OF TROYAnthony Ocampo

Outstanding Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGAlex Funke, Rob Kerr, Henk Prins

THE MATRIX RELOADED "U-Cap Facial Photography"Kim Libreri, George Borshukov, Paul Ryan, John Gaeta

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLCarl Miller, Mike Conte, Tami Carter

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINESPat Sweeney, Mike Bienstock, Grady Cofer, John Hansen

Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMENGeorge Macri, Mike Hardison, Patrick Murphy, Dan Trezise

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGMoritz Glaesle, Mark Lewis, Kara Vandeleur

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD "Storm"Philip R. Brennan

Outstanding Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

ANGELS IN AMERICAStefano Trivelli

BATTLESTAR GALACTICAPatti Gannon, Chris Jones, Sean Apple, Jarrod Davis

SMALLVILLE "Accelerate"Mat Beck, Eli Jarra, Ivan DeWolf, Brian Harding

Outstanding Performance by a Male or Female Actor in an Effects Film

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KINGSean Astin

PETER PANLudivine Sangier

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARLKeira Knightley

For more information and the entire list of nominations, please visit www.visualeffectssociety.com.

The Visual Effects Society, founded in 1997, is comprised of distinguished visual effects artists and technologists who are professionally committed to the specialized industry of visual effects. The society provides its members with a platform for communication, education, and recognition of the current and future state of the visual effects industry. Society headquarters are located in Santa Monica, California, with approximately 900 global members.

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