Inception, Boardwalk Empire lead visual effects awards

Martin Scorsese’s hit drama dominates with five nominations in the TV categories, while Christopher Nolan’s Inception leads the film categories with four.

The effects artists behind Nolan’s Inception will compete for the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-effects Driven Motion Picture prize against teams from Iron Man 2, Tron: Legacy, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Other feature films nominated for their supporting visual effects include Green Zone, Salt, Hereafter, Black Swan and Robin Hood, while animated movies Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole were nominated for an outstanding animation prize.

In television, Boardwalk earned a nod for its supporting effects alongside The Walking Dead, Human Target, Undercovers and Lost.

Effects-driven series Caprica, No Ordinary Family, V, The Event and Stargate: Universe also scored nominations.

Christopher Nolan will be honoured at the event with the inaugural VES Visionary Award, while producer and special effects creator Ray Harryhausen will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The VES Awards will be handed out on 1 February (11) at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.