Blockbuster films including Harry Potter, Tintin and Thor are just some of the nominees for the 2012 Visual Effects Society awards.

The annual ceremony, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognises films, television programmes and video games for their outstanding use of special effects.

In this year’s film category, Spielberg’s Tintin is leading the way with six nominations across four categories. They include Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Motion Picture and Outstanding Visual Effects in a Motion Picture.

Animated characters which have been commended for their excellent visual effects, include Tintin, Ceaser from Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Paul from Simon Pegg’s Sci-Fi comedy of the same name.

Captain America: The First Avenger and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be receiving nominations for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture.

The nominees for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and War Horse which premièred last night.

In the television category, Pan Am, Breaking Bad and the hit US gangster series, Boardwalk Empire, have been nominated.

Boardwalk Empire – a period drama set in the 1920s – has been nominated four times this year.

The Visual Effects Society awards show will take place on the 7th February 2012 in The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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