You decide: What film will win the Oscar for Best Visual Effects?

Last year’s winner for Best Visual Effects was Martin Scorsese‘s adventure film “Hugo.”

The category typically honors other such big-budget, CGI-heavy extravaganzas. Other recent winners include the fantasy films “King Kong,” “The Golden Compass,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and sci-fi films “The Matrix” and “Spider-Man 2.”

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”).

Four winners in a row from 2000 to 2003 were also Best Picture nominees: “Gladiator” and all three “Lord of the Rings” films.

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Among this year’s contenders is Peter Jackson‘s “Lord of the Rings” prequel, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Other eligible fantasy films include “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Mirror Mirror,” “Wrath of the Titans,” and “Cloud Atlas.”

Sci-fi films in the running include “Prometheus,” “The Avengers,” “John Carter,” “Battleship,” and “Looper.”

Other potential contenders include “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Impossible,” and “Life of Pi.”

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