Superheroes, hobbits vie for effects Oscar
The Dark Knight Rises is in the running for a visual effects prize at the Academy Awards.

James Bond, Snow White and a whole lot of hobbits and superheroes are in the running for the visual-effects prize at the Academy Awards.

The superhero blockbusters The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man are among 10 films that made the cut for visual-effects nominations for the Oscars on February 24.

The other seven contenders announced on Thursday include the Bond adventure Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cloud Atlas, John Carter, Life of Pi and Prometheus.

Members of the academy's visual-effects branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the films on January 3, and then pick five nominees for the Oscars.

Nominations for the 85th Oscars will be announced on January 10.

The West Australian

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