'The Hobbit,' 'Life of Pi' & 'Skyfall' on Oscars shortlist for Best Visual Effects

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Nov 29 2012 15:05 pm
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The Oscar race for Best Visual Effects is underway. Ten films have made the cut with the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. Now, all visual effects branch members will have the opportunity to view 10-minute excerpts from these shortlisted works on Jan. 3 to determine the five films that make the Oscar ballot.

Five flicks on the shortlist are sequels, prequels or reboots: "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Avengers" and "Skyfall." All three "Lord of the Rings" films won this award as did "Spider-Man 2."

Two sci-fi films -- "John Carter" and "Prometheus" -- made the list as did the fantasies "Cloud Atlas," "Life of Pi" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."  

Effects-driven films also nominated for Best Picture tend to have an advantage. The last four winners in a row have been Best Picture nominees ("Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," and "Hugo"). 

The category typically honors big-budget, CGI-heavy extravaganzas. Other recent champs include the fantasy films "King Kong," "The Golden Compass," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

The full list is as follows:

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

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