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Oscar Race For Visual Effects Narrows To 15

Oscar Race For Visual Effects Narrows To 15

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed the race for its Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar to 15 films.

Among the finalists were expected entries like “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Hugo,” “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon” and “Harry Potter and the Death Hallows, Part 2.”

No films included were particularly surprising (though some have doubted “The Tree of Life”‘s chances in this category), though there were a few somewhat unanticipated omissions: “Anonymous,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Immortals” and “Green Lantern” didn’t make the cut.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
“Sucker Punch”
“Super 8”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“The Tree of Life”
“X-Men: First Class”

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to 10.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 shortlisted films on Thursday, January 19.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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