First announced Oscar category down to ten nominees

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its shortlist for the Best Visual Effects category for the 87th Academy Awards. The list is down to only ten as of now. It appears to follow the general trend of rewarding summer blockbusters, such as the hit Marvel films “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” along with Fox’s “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The notable omissions from the list might give a certain higher power some pause, though: the upcoming Ridley Scott biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.” Both films used substantial visual effects, but were apparently not up to snuff for the Academy.

The films that ended up making the cut are listed below in alphabetical order:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Godzilla”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Interstellar”
“Maleficent”
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch committee determined the shortlist. All members of the will now sit down to view ten minute excerpts (or “demo reels”) from each of the shortlisted films on January 10. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The nominations for all of the categories of the 87th Academy Awards will be announced live on January 15 at 8:30 a.m. EST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars themselves will be held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

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