Transformers Nominated For 5 VES Awards, Gets Closer To Oscar

{mosimage}The sixth annual Visual Effects Society Awards nominations have been announced, and astf made a strong showing with nominations–second only to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Transformers is nominated in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture 
  • Best Single Visual Effect of the Year (Desert Highway Sequence)
  • Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture (Optimus Prime)
  • Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture

The VES award ceremony will be held on February 10 in Hollywood. The awards are also notable in that in four of the last five years, the winner of the top "Outstanding Visual Effects" award went on to win the Oscar for visual effects.The Hollywood Reporter has an article and full list of nominees.

In related (but less final) news, on Friday it was announced that astf has made it past the first cut for Visual Effects Oscar nominations, as the list of eligible films was whittled down from fifteen to seven. Three of the seven will be announced as the final Academy Award nominees on January 22.