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Today The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 films that may be nominated in the Visual Effects category at the 85th Academy Awards.

The films are as follows:

- The Amazing Spider-Man
- Cloud Atlas
- The Dark Knight Rises
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- John Carter
- Life of Pi
- The Avengers
- Prometheus
- Skyfall
- Show White and the Huntsman

The only film in the list above which hasn’t been released yet is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Other than Peter Jackson’s soon-to-be-released film, which do you think deserve to make the top five list? Are there any films released this year you think got snubbed? One film in particular our visitors may notice is missing is The Hunger Games, which employed a good amount of special effects but perhaps didn’t offer enough “wow” (Girl on Fire scene, anybody?) to push the film into Oscar-winning territory. Other films we think are missing? The Impossible, Flight, Looper, and Men in Black III.

Academy members will be able view 10 minutes of footage from each of the above films and then vote on January 3 to narrow the list down to five contenders.

The 2013 Oscar nominations will be announced Thursday, January 10. The 85th Annual Academy Award ceremony will be held Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC.

  • Harry

    the dark knight rises

  • van

    I think Prometheus had the best visual effects so far, but The Hobbit has a good chance of beating it.

  • Jon

    I think it was appropriate for them to not include The Hunger Games. I thought the girl on fire scene was good, but I wasn’t THAT impressed with it. Personally, I think Life of Pi should win it. The scenes where he was on the life boat and the sky was reflecting off the water were absolutely amazing. The visual effects added so much to that movie. Not to mention the animals in the movie were done in such great detail.

  • http://twitter.com/SofMarie93 Sofia Thomas

    If it’s not Life of Pi, I won’t be happy. Life of Pi was stunning. Richard Parker was so real, and the sinking of the ship was fantastic. The visual effects were perfect.

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      Yeah, that movie needs a nomination, along with Cloud Atlas IMO.

  • Jason

    I’d love for The Dark Knight Rises to win, but it would really be more of a credit to the film if it won a well deserved Oscar for cinematography. That said, Life of Pi is definitely the best out of all of the others- the entire technical quality of the movie is sublime, and truly deserves to pull a Hugo-sweep.

  • Azeem


    • Carilyn

      Well, it did create that whole world on Mars.

      • Sif

        You mean the American desert?

  • Daughter of Eve

    The Hobbit!!

  • Ben Rubin

    I am actually going to go with Cloud Atlas here. It was visually amazing.

  • Pablo

    bahahaha skyfall! I bet it was that realistic komodo dragon ;)

    • Matt

      Better than fucking dark knight rises anyday!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    I’m sorry but the special effects for the Girl of Fire Scene was really disappointing..

  • stark447

    In my opinion it’ll most likely be down to Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas, TDKR, and The Hobbit. Not sure what would take the last spot.

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    I’m guessing it’ll be Life of Pi. It’s visually strong and the type of movie academy voters enjoy.

  • PotterFan1029

    Sorry, Academy, I won’t be watching this year because I am still bitter about Harry Potter never winning an award lol

  • bernardo T

    I dont see why John Carter is nominated or the amazing spiderman

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I wasn’t thrilled with the special effects in the Hunger Games. They were good, but nothing Oscar worthy. I haven’t even seen Life of Pi yet and I know that it’s visually stunning just from the trailer.

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    I want the Hobbit to win more than anything, but Life of Pi was amazing.

  • RussellTurner

    The dogs though in The Hunger Games look TERRIBLE :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

    Prometheus is the film that had the most photo realistic CGI of any movie this year, based on that I’d say Prometheus. The Hobbit looks good from the trailers, But I couldn’t say if it’s deserving based on that. Life of Pi in terms of VFX and CGI doesn’t look too overwhelmingly good to me. I have heard good things about the film. If I were to narrow it down to five I’d place Prometheus, The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, and Snow White & The Huntsman for best VFX.

  • Teranel

    I’m not really surprised that Hunger Games isn’t on there; they did the best they could with a small(ish) budget. Now when we get to Mockingjay, I expect those mutts to be scary as anything and win all the awards.

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