Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" leads the nominees for the Visual Effects Society's annual awards.
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8 Jan 2013 - 4:51 AM  UPDATED 8 Jan 2013 - 4:51 AM

Jan 07 (TheWrap.com) - Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" received seven nominations from the Visual Effects Society to lead all feature films, the VES announced on Monday. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" and Marvel's superhero film "The Avengers" each received six.

In the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture, the category that most closely corresponds to the Oscar category for visual effects, the nominees were "The Hobbit," "Prometheus," "Life of Pi," "The Avengers" and "Battleship."

"Rust and Bone," "The Impossible," "Argo," "Flight" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are competing in the category of Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture.

"Brave," "ParaNorman," "Rise of the Guardians," "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Hotel Transylvania" received nominations in the Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture category. Overall, "ParaNorman" led the animation categories with five nominations, to four for "Brave" and three for "Rise of the Guardians."

Television programs singled out by VES voters include "Game of Thrones," "Once Upon a Time," "Falling Skies," "Curiosity," "Munsters: Mockingbird Lane," "Hemingway & Gellhorn," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Hawaii Five-O."

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," which has not been faring well this awards season, received a single nomination, for its models.

Nominations were made in 24 different categories in live-action and animated film, television, commercials, video games and special projects. Nominees were selected at a number of special sessions attended by VES members on Saturday, Jan. 5.

At the ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Ang Lee will be honored with the VES Visionary Award.

The nominations:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Prometheus Life of Pi The Avengers Battleship

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture Rust and Bone The Impossible Argo Flight Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Game of Thrones: Volar Morghulis Once Upon A Time: The Stranger Falling Skies: Worlds Apart Curiosity Munsters: Mockingbird Lane

Outstanding Real-Time Visuals in a Video Game Call of Duty: Black Ops II Halo 4 Dirt Showdown Forza Horizon Dishonored

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave ParaNorman Rise of the Guardians Wreck-It Ralph Hotel Transylvania

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program Hemingway & Gellhorn Boardwalk Empire: Episode 308 Men Who Built America: Episode 2 Hell On Wheels: Blood Moon Hawaii Five-O: La O Na Makuahine

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Pepsi: Crowd Surfing Nike: Biomorph Lady Gaga: Fame Norfolk Southern: City of Possibilities Call of Duty: Surprise

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: Goblin King The Hobbit: Gollum The Avengers: The Hulk Life of Pi: Richard Parker

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave: Argument Hotel Transylvania: Dracula Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope The Pirates: Band of Misfits

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Ted: Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sinbad: Episode 1 Hallmark: Motherbird Game of Thrones: Training the Dragons

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: Goblin Caverns Prometheus: LV-233 The Avengers: Midtown Manhattan Life of Pi: Open Ocean

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave: The Forest ParaNorman: Graveyard ParaNorman: Main Street Rise of the Guardians: The North Pole

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Avengers: Downtown Manhattan Total Recall: Hover Car Chase The Amazing Spider-Man

Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture The Avengers: Helicarrier The Impossible: Orchid Hotel Men in Black 3: Cape Canaveral/ Apollo Launch The Dark Knight Rises: Airplane Heist

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Brave ParaNorman: Practical Volumetrics ParaNorman: Angry Aggie Ink-Blot Electricity Rise of the Guardians: Last Stand

Outstanding Created Environment in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Sinbad Pyke Call of Duty: Eclipse - Surprise 5 Gum RPM: Choose Your Energy

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Toyota: Real Deal Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Call of Duty: Eclipse - Surprise ZombiU

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Life of Pi: Storm of God Battleship Life of Pi: Ocean

Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Commercial or Broadcast Program Nike: Biomorph Last Resort: Captain Guinness: Cloud Nissan Altima: Wouldn't it be Cool

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Life of Pi: Storm of God The Avengers: Hulk Punch Prometheus: Engineers & the Orrery

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program Hemingway & Gellhorn Last Resort: Captain White Walker Army Hell On Wheels: Blood Moon

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial Chevy 2012 Silverado Norfolk Southern: City of Possibilities Call of Duty: Eclipse - Surprise Nike: Game On, World

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem SeaWorld: Turtle Trek 3D/ 360 Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet The Ball Unleashed

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project Voile Noir Globosome Rollin' Safari Natalis