2013 Visual Effects Society Awards Nominations Include LIFE OF PI, THE HOBBIT, THE AVENGERS, and BATTLESHIP

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The Visual Effects Society has announced the nominees for the upcoming 11th Annual VES Awards.  This year’s major players include Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Prometheus, The Avengers, and Battleship, all of which landed nominations for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture.  The VES Awards also recognize visual effects work in more dramatic fare, singling out the impressive effects of films like Flight and The Impossible.  Duking it out for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature will be the ridiculously impressive Richard Parker in Life of Pi, Hulk in The Avengers, and Gollum and Goblin King in The Hobbit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees.  The 11th Annual VES Awards will take place on February 5th.

YouTube’s Top 10 Trailers of 2012 Include CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, SKYFALL and More

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As we wind down to the final days of the year, the internet is flooded with countless “Top 10” lists consisting of pretty much everything that ever existed in the past 12 months.  YouTube is getting in on the fun, but their list is unique in that it’s a Top 10 list compiled using statistics instead of subjective opinion.  The site has unveiled the “Top Trailers on YouTube for 2012,” which they compiled based on view count, view rate (how much of a given trailer people chose to watch), and organic views.

The resulting list may surprise you, as a whopping four spots belong to the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II alone.  There’s also one television show and five films that rank among 2012’s highest grossing films, though a major 2012 release is notably absent.  Hit the jump to take a look at the Top 10 Trailers on YouTube for the year.

Watch: Guy Ritchie’s Live-Action Trailer for CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II Starring Robert Downey Jr.

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and a number of highly anticipated video game titles are hitting stores over the next few weeks to make for some great stocking stuffers.  We recently saw the David Fincher-produced launch trailer for Halo 4, and now a live-action trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops II directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) has been released.  It continues the series’ clever “there’s a gamer in all of us” campaign, but it goes one further as Ritchie’s buddy/frequent collaborator Robert Downey Jr. makes a fun cameo.  It’s a fun watch that also teases the future-set game’s new array of weapons and, of course, zombies.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Dave Anthony, the game features the voices of Sam Worthington and Michael Rooker, with music composed by Trent Reznor and Jack Wall.  Call of Duty: Black Ops II hits stores on November 13th.

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