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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.