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Visual Effects Oscar 2013: THE AVENGERS, TDKR Semi-Finalists

Visual Effects The Avengers Iron ManVisual Effects Oscar 2013 semi-finalists: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Life of Pi

Joss Whedon's The Avengers, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman are among the ten semi-finalists for the 2013 Academy Award in the Visual Effects category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier today. (Photo: The Avengers' visual effects.)

The ten movies still in contention for the 2013 Oscar for Best Visual Effects are listed below in alphabetical order:

Best Visual Effects Oscar: Omissions

Missing from the above list are several high-profile movies that make use — at times extensive use — of special visual effects. Among those are Peter Berg's Battleship, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black 3, Brad Peyton's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Simon West's The Expendables 2, Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath of the Titans, Len Wiseman's Total Recall, and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows.

I should mention that none of the Twilight movies has managed to be listed among the semi-finalists for the visual effects Oscars. This year was no exception, though another Kristen Stewart star vehicle, Snow White and the Huntsman, was shortlisted and will quite possibly end up with a nomination. In 2012, Taylor Kitsch also starred in two special-effects-driven movies: Battleship and John Carter. Only the latter remains in contention.

Also worth mentioning is that of the top ten live-action movies at the North American box office, five are to be found on the list above: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Skyfall, and Snow White and the Huntsman. Note: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has yet to open.

Visual Effects Branch members to vote in early January 2013

According to the Academy's press release, Visual Effects Branch will be invited to watch 10-minute excerpts from each of the ten semi-finalists on Thursday, January 3. Following the screenings, they will vote to nominate five films.

The 2013 Academy Award nominations in every category will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The Oscar ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

The Avengers visual effects photo: Walt Disney Studios / Marvel Studios.

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