Oscars Set Seven for VFX Bakeoff

The battle for the best visual effects Oscar is heating up, with seven films advancing to this year’s bakeoff competition.

The films in contention, reduced from a short list of 15 films, are:

Avatar

District 9

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Star Trek

Terminator Salvation

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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The bakeoff will feature a screening of 15 minutes of visual effects footage followed by a short question and answer session for each film.

At the conclusion of the presentations, members of the academy’s visual effects branch in attendance will vote on their favorites. The top three vote getters will be the films nominated for the Oscar and will be revealed Feb. 2 along with the rest of this year’s nominations.

The winner will be announced in the Oscar ceremony set for March 7 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.