According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Visual Effects Society have announced nominations in 19 categories. Motion picture effects maestros are set to compete in disciplines ranging from matte painting to models and miniatures to compositing.

In the most competitive race, New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's" effects crew will challenge teams from Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Matrix Revolutions" and the Walt Disney Co.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" for outstanding effects in a visual effects film. In a category that has traditionally gone unrecognized, the VES cited three films in the race for supporting visual effects in a motion picture. The films that feature effects that are largely invisible include 20th Century Fox's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Last Samurai" and Columbia Pictures' "Bad Boys 2."

And the nominees are...

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Jim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

The Matrix Revolutions

John Gaeta, Kim Libreri, George Murphy, Craig Hayes

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

John Knoll, Patrick Myers, Hal Hickel, Jill Brooks

Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

Bad Boys 2

Carey Villegas. Rob Legato, David Taritero, Layne Friedman

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Stefen Fangmeier, Robert Stromberg, Nathan McGuinness, Brooke Breton

The Last Samurai

Jeffrey A. Okun, Thomas Boland, Bill Mesa, Ray McIntyre, Jr.

Visual Effects in a Television Miniseries, Movie or a Special

Battlestar Galactica

Gary Hutzel, Kristen L. Branan, Emile E. Smith, Lee Stringer

Dinosaur Planet

Sebastien Dostie

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune: Night 1

Ernest Farino, Tim McHugh, Chris Q. Zapara, Glenn A. Campbell

Helen of Troy

Sam Nicholson, Adam Ealovega, Joshua Hatton, Tim Donahue

Visual Effects in a Television Series

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 7, Episode #22

Loni Peristere, Patti Gannon, Ronald Thornton, Chris Zapara

Carnivale, Episode #1.01

David T. Altenau, Ariel V. Shaw, Thomas L. Bellissimo, Barbara J. Marshall

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Sam Nicholson, Kyle J. Healey, Eric Grenaudier, Anthony Ocampo

Sea Monsters "A Walking with Dinosaurs Special"

Max Tyrie, Tim Greenwood, Darren Byford, Mike Milne

Visual Effects in a Commercial

Johnnie Walker "Fish"

Murray Butler, William Bartlett, Jake Mengers, Helen Mackenzie

Nike "Gamebreaker"

Eric Barba, Richard Morton, Walt Hyneman, Dave Stern

Nike "Speed Chain"

Eric Barba, Greg Teegarden, Dave Stern, Jay Barton

Visual Effects in a Music Video

Outkast "Hey Ya"

Elad Offer

Pass That Dutch

Jonathan Keeton, Aladino Debert, Andy McKenna, Scott Rader

Best Single Visual Effect of the Year in any Medium

The Hulk

Dennis Muren, Scott Benza, Michael DiComo, Wilson Tang

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Jim Rygiel, Dean Wright, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook

The Matrix Reloaded "Trailer Top Crash"

John Gaeta, Dan Glass, Adrian de Wett, Greg Juby

Character Animation in a Live Action Motion Picture

The Hulk

Scott Benza, Jamy Wheless, Kevin Martel, Aaron Ferguson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Steven Hornby, Andy Serkis, Matthias Menz, Greg Butler

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Susan Campbell, James Tooley, Geoff Campbell, Dugan Beach

Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture

Finding Nemo "Inside the Whale"

Dave DeVan, Gini Santos

Finding Nemo "Speaking Whale"

Andrew Gordon, Brett Coderre

Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Scott Harens, Chuck Schuman, Sven Harens

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Geoff Heron, Robert Clot, Jason Brackett, John McLeod

Special Effects in Service to Visual Effects in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Carnivale, Episode #4 "Dust Storm"

Thomas L Bellissimo

Carnivale "Pilot"

Thomas L. Bellissimo, Charles Belardinelli

Matte Painting in a Motion Picture

The Hulk

Brett Northcutt, Joshua Ong

Peter Pan

Yusei Uesugi, Giles Hancock

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Yanick Dusseault, Susumu Yukuhiro, Jonathan Harb

Matte Painting in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Dinosaur Planet

Arnaud Brisebois, Philippe Roberge, Sean Samuels

NCIS #001 "Yankee White"

Steven J. Rogers

Smallville "Insurgence"

Eli Jarra, Joseph Brattesani, Brian Bell

Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Richard Taylor, Paul Van Ommen, Eric Saindon

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl "Captain Barbossa"

Geoff Campbell, James Tooley, Steve Walton, Dugan Beach

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl "The Interceptor"

Charlie Bailey, Peter Bailey, Robert Edwards, Don Bies

Models and Miniatures in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Battlestar Galactica

Lee Stringer, Jose Perez, Gabriel Koerner, Mike Enriquez

Helen of Troy

Anthony Ocampo

Visual Effects Photography in a Motion Picture

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Alex Funke, Rob Kerr, Henk Prins

The Matrix Reloaded "U-Cap Facial Photography"

Kim Libreri, George Borshukov, Paul Ryan, John Gaeta

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Carl Miller, Mike Conte, Tami Carter

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Pat Sweeney, Mike Bienstock, Grady Cofer, John Hansen

Compositing in a Motion Picture

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

George Macri, Mike Hardison, Patrick Murphy, Dan Trezise

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Moritz Glaesle, Mark Lewis, Kara Vandeleur

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World "Storm"

Philip R. Brennan

Compositing in a Televised Program, Music Video or Commercial

Angels in America

Stefano Trivelli

Battlestar Galactica

Patti Gannon, Chris Jones, Sean Apple, Jarrod Davis

Smallville "Accelerate"

Mat Beck, Eli Jarra, Ivan DeWolf, Brian Harding

Performance by a Male or Female Actor in an Effects Film

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sean Astin

Peter Pan

Ludivine Sangier

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Knightley

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