VES works up effects noms


"Charlotte's Web," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "The Fountain" have been nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture by the Visual Effects Society.

A panel of more than 80 visual effects professionals met Saturday at FotoKem in Burbank to choose nominees for the fifth annual VES Awards, which will be held Feb. 11 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, where Dennis Muren will be honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award.

The nominated visual effects work will be shown Jan. 13 at the "VES Show and Tell Event 2007" at Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center, which is open to the public.

For outstanding supporting visual effects in a motion picture, the nominees are "Blood Diamond," "Children of Men," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "The Da Vinci Code."

For best single visual effect of the year, VES nominated the birth sequence in "Children of Men," "Dead Man's Chest," "Poseidon" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."

Nominees for outstanding animated character in a live-action motion picture are Templeton the rat and Wilbur the pig in "Charlotte's Web" and Davy Jones in "Dead Man's Chest."

Nominees for outstanding animated character in an animated motion picture are Mater ("Cars"), House ("Monster House") and Mumble's banishment ("Happy Feet").

"Casino Royale" and "Superman Returns" were nominated for outstanding special effects in a motion picture.

A complete list of nominations in all 21 categories in film, television, commercials, music videos and video games can be found at www.holly