'Peanuts Movie' earns the most nods for an animated feature; 'The Revenant' bear is vying for animated performance and 'Game of Thrones' shows strength in TV competition.
by Carolyn Giardina @TheHollywoodReporter
Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads the feature competition of the 14th annual Visual Effects Society Awards with seven nominations.
That included a nod in the top category for outstanding visual effects in a photoreal feature (the category name was changed this year from VFX in a VFX-driven feature). It will face off against Furious 7, San Andreas, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian. Nominees for supporting VFX in a feature are Bridge of Spies, Everest, In the Heart of the Sea, The Revenant and The Walk.
Following Star Wars' seven nominations in the feature categories was San Andreas, with four nods; and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Walk, which earned three apiece. Blockbuster Jurassic World earned just two nominations and was shut out of the top category.
Fox/Blue Sky's The Peanuts Movie earned five nominations, the most for an animated feature, followed by Pixar's Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, which collected four apiece.
Lead by VFX house Industrial Light & Magic, the work on Star Wars was additionally nominated in feature categories for outstanding created environment, animated performance, virtual cinematography, compositing, models and effects simulations.
In the category for an animated performance in a photoreal feature, Star Wars' Maz will go up against The Revenant's Bear, Avengers: Age of Ultron's Hulk and Chappie's Chappie.
Meanwhile, the created environments category covers a range including Star Wars' Falcon Chase/Graveyard, The Walk's CG rendering of New York's World Trade Center in 1974, Ant-Man's 'Microsverse,' Jurassic World's jungle chase and Tomorrowland's Tomorrowland Center.
Game of Thrones dominated the TV competition, earning nine nominations.
Virtual reality entered the VES race this year, with Goosebumps VR Adventure and Nike's The Neymar Jr. Effect earning nods in the category for a special venue project.