You might have missed yesterday’s announcement of the nominees for the Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, the annual awards show that honors outstanding visual effects achievements in live-action and animated film, television, commercials, video games and “special venue projects.”

As far as film nominations are concerned, Steven Spielberg’s performance capture epic The Adventures of Tintin was the most honored film, receiving six nominations (three in the Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture category alone). Spielberg’s War Horse, however, was not left out; the film was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture category, where it competes against Anonymous, Hugo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Source Code. Among the live-action films to be nominated, special effects-heavy blockbusters Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon came out on top with five nominations each.

“The standard of the creative work that is being considered this year is unbelievably high across all categories,” said VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun. “The judges faced a huge challenge because all of the work was so far above the norm. We’re honored to have the opportunity to focus the spotlight on the outstanding work that has contributed to some of the highest grossing films and broadcast projects of all time.”

The 10th Annual VES Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition to the in-competition awards to be handed out, Stan Lee will be honored with the VES 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (special photographic effects supervisor on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and 2011’s The Tree of Life, among others) with the Georges Méliès Award.

For more information on the VES Awards and to see a complete list of the nominees in all 23 categories, head to