The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members. Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity. Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine. Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014.
Here are the 10 titles that will be competing for a Best Visual Effects Oscar nomination:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
World War Z
Which film deserves the trophy? Which film do you think will take home the award? Sound off in the comments section below.
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