A couple of awards news pieces here. First up, the Visual Effects Society has announced the nominations for the 12th Annual VES Awards, which honors certain films for their VFX work. The ceremony will be held on February 12th. Last summer’s Man of Steel has been nominated for two awards –
Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture: Team Brian Goodwin, Gray Horsfield, Mathieu Chardonnet, Adrien Toupet
Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture: Team Daniel Paulsson, Edmund Kolloen, Joel Prager, David Stripinis
Both nominations are more than well-deserved for the movie, which is arguably one of the comic book movie genre’s most visually appealing films to date. Other movies nominated at the VES Awards include Gravity, Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. For a full list of nominees, click HERE.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that the 86th Academy Awards will include a special tribute to heroes on the big screen. Ranging from real-life to literary heroes, movie superheroes will also receive attention. The Dark Knight and Superman are the two superhero films specifically mentioned. You can check out the full press release below, and stay tuned for more news as we get closer to the conclusion of the awards season.
The 86th Academy Awards® will be a celebration of movie heroes, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. Offering their first preview of the upcoming Oscar broadcast, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the producers said the show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present, as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life. The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
“We wanted to unify the show with an entertaining and emotional theme,” said Zadan and Meron. “People around the world go to the movies to be inspired by the characters they see on the screen. By celebrating the gamut of heroes who have enriched our movie-going experience, we hope to create an evening of fun and joy. And that includes the filmmakers and actors who take risks and stimulate us with provocative subjects and daring characters. They are all heroes in the cinematic landscape.”
“Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host,” the producers added. “There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”
To coincide with the Oscar telecast theme, the Academy will present “The Oscars Celebrates Movie Heroes,” an exhibition in the Grand Lobby Gallery of its Beverly Hills headquarters. On display Friday, January 17 through Wednesday, March 5, the show will feature still photographs and posters from 70 titles spanning nine decades, as well as video montages comprised of excerpts from classic and contemporary films. The exhibit will include films centered on real-life heroes (“Gandhi,” “Silkwood”), super heroes (“Superman,” “The Dark Knight”), animated heroes (“Shrek,” “The Incredibles”), action heroes (“Seven Samurai,” “Gladiator”), literary heroes (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Grapes of Wrath”) and more.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:35 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater by Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.