Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Award nominations through January 16th, 2014, when the nominations are announced.
Here's our take on the best visual effects race. "Gravity" is absolutely the film to beat here (and is probably the one category I'd call right now), though the upcoming "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (which got good notices for its effects at the New York Film Festival) and "Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" could offer some mighty competition.
Could Easily Be Major Contenders:
2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
3. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Other Good Bets:
5. Man of Steel
6. Pacific Rim
7. Oz The Great and Powerful
8. Lone Survivor
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
10. Iron Man 3
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