"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" reaped a leading seven bids for the 11th annual Visual Effects Society awards while "Life of Pi" and "The Avengers" each picked up six nods. (See full list of nominations here.)
These three contend in the VES equivalent of the Best Picture race -- visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture -- along with "Battleship" and "Prometheus."
"Argo," "Flight," "The Impossible," "Rust and Bone" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are competing for the supporting visual effects award.
And "Brave," "Hotel Transylvania", "ParaNorman," "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck-It Ralph" contend in the animated feature race. "ParaNorman" picked up a leading five animation bids, with "Brave" earning four and "Rise of the Guardians" three.
The nominees in 24 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games were chosen by VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem’s Spy in San Francisco, and facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington. Winners will be announced Feb. 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Richard Edlund is to receive the lifetime achievement award while Ang Lee is feted with the Visionary Award.