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'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Skyfall,' 'Hobbit' join finalists for special effects Oscar


FILE - In this film publicity image released by Disney, Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor, left, and and Chris Evans portrays Captain America in a scene from "The Avengers." The superhero blockbusters “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” are among 10 films that have made the cut for visual-effects nominations for the Feb. 24 Oscars. The other seven contenders announced Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, are the Bond adventure “Skyfall,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Cloud Atlas,” “John Carter,” “Life of Pi” and “Prometheus.” (AP Photo/Disney, Zade Rosenthal, File)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - 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 Feb. 24.

The other seven contenders announced 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 Jan. 3, and then pick five nominees for the Oscars.

Nominations for the 85th Oscars will be announced Jan. 10.


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