'Hugo,' 'Tree of Life' among shortlisted films for visual effects Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday afternoon that 10 films remain in contention for the visual effects Academy Award. They are: "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," "Hugo," "Mission: Impossible –- Ghost Protocol," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Real Steel," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "The Tree of Life" and "X-Men: First Class."
The entire membership of the visual effects branch of the academy will be able to see 10-minute excerpts from the films on Jan. 19. After the screenings, these members will vote to nominate five films for the 84th annual Academy Award.
The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 24; the awards will be handed out during a live telecast on ABC on Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.
-- Susan King
Photo: "Hugo" is shortlisted for the visual effects Oscar. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk/Paramount Pictures