15 Pics Make the First VFX Oscar List

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected for consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards:

The films are listed below in alphabetical order, followed by releasing studio in the U.S.

Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount)

Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount)

Cowboys & Aliens (Universal)

Cowboys & Aliens (Universal)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros.)

Hugo (Paramount)

Hugo (Paramount)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Paramount)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney)

Real Steel (Disney)

Real Steel (Disney)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros.)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros.)

Sucker Punch (Warner Bros.)

Sucker Punch (Warner Bros.)

Super 8 (Paramount)

Super 8 (Paramount)

Thor (Fox)

Thor (Fox)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Paramount)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Paramount)

The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight)

The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight)

X-Men: First Class (Fox)

X-Men: First Class (Fox)

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to ten.

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 19.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre and televised live on ABC.