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VES Doles Out Awards Nods

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced its nominees for the 3rd Annual VES Awards recognizing outstanding visual effects in 19 categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and games. Nominees were chosen by a panel of more than 60 visual effects professionals (all VES members) that viewed hundreds of entry submissions during an all-day event at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center over the weekend.

Eric Roth, VES exec director, said, We are thrilled with the caliber of talent represented by this years nominees. This year marks a significant increase in submissions for the VES Awards, which demonstrates the tremendous growth in awareness and visibility we are enjoying as an organization.

The nominees are:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion PictureTHE DAY AFTER TOMORROWKaren Goulekas, Mike Chambers, Greg Strause, Remo Balcells

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANRoger Guyett, Tim Burke, Theresa Corrao, Emma Norton

SPIDER-MAN 2John Dykstra, Lydia Bottegoni, Anthony LaMolinara, Scott Stokdyk

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion PictureTHE AVIATORRob Legato, Ron Ames, Matthew Gratzner, Pete Travers,

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MINDLouis Morin, Mark Dornfeld

TROYNick Davies, Chas Jarrett, Jon Thum, Gary Brozenich

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

DRAGONSSirio Quintavalle, Jo Nodwell, Alec Knox, Neil Glaseby

EARTHSEAPeter Ware, Eric Grenaudier, Jared Jones, Earl Paraszcynec

VIRTUAL HISTORY - THE SECRET PLOT TO KILL HITLERJim Radford, Tom Phillips, Simon Thomas, Loraine Cooper

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast SeriesSTARGATE ATLANTIS, RisingJohn Gajdecki, Bruce Woloshyn, Jinnie Pak, Tara Conley

STARGATE SG-1, Lost City, Part 2James Tichenor, Shannon Gurney, Craig Van Den Biggelaar, Bruce Woloshyn

STAR TREK ENTERPRISE, Storm Front Part 2Ronald Moore, Daniel Curry, David Takemura

Outstanding Visual Effects in a CommercialBritish Telecom: NetworkDavid Lombardi, Richard Mann, Eric Durst, Kevin Prendiville

Citroen 'Alive With Technology'Trevor Cawood, Neill Blomkamp, Simon Van de Lagemaat, Winston Helgason

Johnnie Walker 'Tree'William Bartlett, Murray Butler, Jake Mengers, Andy Boyd

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music VideoBritney Spears TOXICBert Yukich

Duran Duran WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROWJerry Steele, Jo Steele, Brian Adler, Monique Eissing

Never THE DREAMTrevor Cawood, Simon Van de Lagemaat, Stephen Pepper, Jon Anastasiades

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast ProgramCLUBHOUSE, Episode #005Curt Miller, Jason Spratt, Doug Witsken, Michael Tonder

LOST, Pilot - Part 2Kevin Blank, Mitch Suskin, Benoit Girard, Jerome Morin

SPARTACUSSam Nicholson, Eric Grenaudier, Anthony Ocampo, Tim Donahue

Best Single Visual Effect of the YearTHE AVIATOR - Hell's AngelsRob Legato, Ron Ames, David Seger, Peter Travers

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW - Tidal WaveKaren Goulekas, Mike Chambers, Chris Horvath, Matthew Butler

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANBill George, David Andrews, Sandra Scott, Dome Huebler

SPIDER-MAN 2 - Clock TowerJohn Dykstra, Lydia Bottegoni, Dan Abrams, John Monos

Outstanding Visuals in a Video Game

007 EVERYTHING OR NOTHINGDavid Carson, Jay Riddle, Habib Zargarpour

HALF-LIFE 2Viktor Antonov, Randy Lundeen, Gary McTaggart, Bill Fletcher

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE EARTHMark Skaggs, Richard Taylor II, Matt Britton, Nate Hubbard

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE THIRD AGEStephen Gray, Margaret Foley-Mauvais

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Motion PictureHARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABANMichael Eames, David Lomax, Felix Balbas, Pablo Grillo

HELLBOY - Samael CharacterDovi Anderson, Todd Labonte, Sven Jensen, Paul Thuriot

LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS- Sunny CharacterRick O'Connor, Martin Murphy, Indira Guerrieri, Sam Breach

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion PictureTHE INCREDIBLES Bob Parr/Mr. IncredibleCraig T. Nelson, Bill Wise, Bill Sheffler, Bolhem Bouchiba

THE POLAR EXPRESS - SteamerMichael Jeter, David Schaub, Renato Dos Anjos, Roger Vizard

SHARK TALE - AngieRenee Zellweger, Ken Duncan

SHREK 2 - Puss in BootsAntonio Banderas, Raman Hui

Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast ProgramBATTLESTAR GALACTICA, Episode 101Dustin Adiar, Mark Shimer, Jesse Toves, Sean Jackson

STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITALWilliam de Bosch Kemper, Brian Harder, Patrick Kalyn, Scott Paquin

Outstanding Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion PictureTHE AVIATORRobert Spurlock, Richard Stutsman, Matthew Gratzner, Roy Goode

SPIDER-MAN 2John Frazier, Jim Schwalm, Jim Nagle, Dave Amborn

VAN HELSINGGeorff Heron, Chad Taylor

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion PictureBRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASONAlex Hope, Jody Johnson, Pieter Warmington

I, ROBOTRachael Haupt, Mark Tait Lewis, Nick McKenzie, Geoff Tobin

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Opening ShotClaas Henke, Laurent Ben-Mimoun, Anupam Das

SPIDER-MAN 2 - NYC Street - NightDan Abrams, David Emery, Andrew Nawrot, John Hart

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast ProgramSMALLVILLE, CrusadeJohn Han, Brian Harding, Terry Shigemitsu, Noriaki Matsumoto

SPARTACUS - OpeningEric Grenaudier, Anthony Ocampo, Cedric Tomacruz, Michael Cook

STAR TREK ENTERPRISE, Storm Front Part 2 Dogfight over New York CityPierre Drolet, Fred Pienkos, Eddie Robinson, Sean Scott

Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion PictureTHE AVIATOR - XF11 CrashMatthew Gratzner, Scott Schneider, Adam Gelbart, Leigh-Alexandra Jacob

HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABANJose Granell, Nigel Stone

NATIONAL TREASURE - Treasure RoomMatthew Gratzner, Forest Fischer, Scott Beverly, Leigh-Alexandra Jacob

Outstanding Compositing in a Motion PictureHARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - Azkaban Guards AttackDorne Huebler, Jay Cooper, Patrick Brennan, Anthony Shafer

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - Opening ShotClaas Henke, Laurent Ben-Mimoun, Anupam Das

SPIDER-MAN 2- Train SequenceColin Drobnis, Greg Derochie, Blaine Kennison, Kenny Lam

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast ProgramTHE LIBRARIAN - Himalayan Pass sequenceGreg Groenekamp, Joel Merritt, Mamie McCall

SMALLVILLE, CrisisJohn Han, Eli Jarra, Noriaki Matsumoto, Terry Shigemitsu

SPACE ODYSSEY - VOYAGE TO THE PLANETSGeorge Roper, Christian Manz, Sirio Quintavalle, Pedro Sabrosa

Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Visual Effects FilmTHE AVIATORLeonardo DiCaprio

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROWJude Law

SPIDER-MAN 2Alfred Molina

On January 22, THE BIG REVEAL 2005 is VES counterpart to the Motion Picture Academys visual effects Bake-Off where nominees demonstrate the secrets behind the visual effects magic.

This process helps voters better understand the intricacies of each entry. Technology is evolving so quickly that even visual effects professionals themselves are fooled regularly by what is an effect and what is not, explains VES Awards chair Jeff Okun.

This event, being held at the Skirball Cultural Center, is open to all VES members as the entire membership participates in final voting. The Big Reveal 2005 is free to VES members and also open to the public at $20 per ticket. Tickets to the event are available by calling the VES office at (310) 822-9181 or may also be purchased at the door.

For the first time in the VES Awards three-year history, final viewing and voting will take place online via the VES Website from January 31 to February 12. This groundbreaking method will allow VES members worldwide to view encrypted clips of the nominees work and vote in a safe and secure online environment. Only VES members may vote and a special password is required to view and vote online.

Winners will be announced at the 3rd Annual VES Awards gala on February 16, 2005 at the Hollywood Palladium. Academy Award winning director, Robert Zemeckis, will receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to him by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks.

Founded in 1997, the Visual Effects Society is an organization comprised of distinguished visual effects artists desiring to honor, advance and promote visual effects for its membership and the industry as a whole. The Society promotes continuous awareness about the visual effects industry, supports combined technology research and development, and designs and implements educational programs for its membership and the public interested in the production of visual effects. Society headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California with approximately 1,100 global members.

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