The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the following ten films have been shortlisted in this year’s Visual Effects Oscar category:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
Pacific Rim
World War Z

The shortlist was determined by the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. All members of that vfx branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Following that screening, they will vote to nominate five films in the category.

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