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'Inception' dominates Visual Effects Society's annual nominations

January 10, 2011 | 12:00 am

 Inception

For the Visual Effects Society, "Inception" was the leading nominee on the film side  as the Christopher Nolan film dominated the organization's annual picks with four nods. Nolan will also receive the inaugural VES Visionary Award, which will be presented Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

In addition to "Inception," the other films chosen for outstanding visual effects in a visual-effects driven feature motion picture included "Iron Man 2," "Tron: Legacy," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1."

"Inception" was also nominated for outstanding created environment in a live-action film for its Paris dreamscape; outstanding models & miniatures in a motion picture for its hospital fortress destruction; and outstanding compositing in a motion picture.

In the category of outstanding supporting visual effects in a feature motion picture, the nominees were "Green Zone," "Salt," "Hereafter," "Black Swan" and "Robin Hood." In the animation category, "Tangled," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Toy Story 3," "Shrek Forever After" and "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" all are being considered for a top prize.

In the television category, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" led with five nominations. For best supporting visuals in a broadcast program, that drama will go up against "Lost," "The Walking Dead," "Human Target" and the now canceled "Undercovers."

VES recognizes outstanding visual effects in film, television, commercials and video games. For the full list of nominees go to www.visualeffectssociety.com. The ceremony will air on Reelz Channel on Feb. 19.

--Nicole Sperling

Scene from "Inception" from Warner Bros.

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