3D Society Awards nominations: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘X-Men,’ …

The International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society announced its nominees for top 3D feature films on Tuesday. The list includes four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Visual Effects: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The fifth, “Interstellar,” was shot in 2D only.  

In making the announcement, Society Awards chairman Buzz Hayes of the True Imaging Company noted, “Many of the leading blockbusters of 2014 were some of the highest grossing 3D films in history, and we are thrilled that this genre of filmmaking has a significant role in film quality and conversion. These films are visually stunning to watch and are continuously evolving.”

The society will also honor filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet with its Harold Lloyd Award for Filmmaking. Jeunet, the Oscar-nominated French auteur behind such films as “Amelie” (2001) and “A Very Long Engagement” (2004) is being singled out for his use of 3D in his latest effort “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.” “He has thrilled us with movies including ‘Amelie,’ ‘The City of Lost Children,’ ‘Delicatessen,’ ‘A Very Long Engagement,’ and countless others,” said Hayes. “With ‘T.S. Spivet,’ he has graced us with an extraordinary work of 3D artistry.”

The prize, named for the famous silent comedian who was an early supporter of the technology, has in the past gone to such pioneering filmmakers as James Cameron (“Avatar”), Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”), Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), and Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”). Suzanne Lloyd, Chairman of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, said of this year’s honoree, “Harold Lloyd was a keen observer and was deeply influenced by French filmmakers of his era. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold first stepping in front of the camera, I know he would be thrilled that this award, bearing his name, be presented to an artist of Mr. Jeunet’s passion and achievement.”

The Society will present its golden Lumiere statuettes to winners in 20 categories on Jan. 28 at Warner Bros. Studios. 

NEW: Experts’ Oscars predictions in 24 categories

Live Action
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
“Exodus: Gods and Kings”
Guardians of the Galaxy
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Maleficent”
“Noah”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Animation
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“The LEGO Movie”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“Planes: Fire and Rescue”
“Rio 2”

2D to 3D Conversion
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
“Godzilla”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Maleficent”
“Noah”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
“300: Rise of an Empire”

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