UPDATE: The Academy just made the list official. Its release is below.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that the Visual Effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has narrowed the list of Oscar contenders for Achievement In Visual Effects to 10 films. Those 10 finalists are:
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Snow White And The Huntsman
Among the films passed over were Men In Black 3, The Impossible, Flight, Looper, Total Recall, The Hunger Games and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
There will be a “bake-off” with presentations from all finalists on January 3rd. The five nominees for Visual Effects will be announced with the rest of Oscar nominations January 10th. In a slight rule change, the VFX branch determined there would be 10 finalists. Previously it was anywhere from seven to 10 finalists from which the five nominees would then be selected.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards®.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
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 3. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.
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