The Academy Awards Visual Effects Branch committee has narrowed down the list of possible films for Best Visual Effects. This category starts with 15 then is narrowed to 10. Clips from the 10 finalists will be shown to the voters on January 19th. That is when they will narrow it down to the final 5 that will be nominated. Super 8, Cowboys and Aliens, Sherlock Holmes, Sucker Punch and Thor all dropped out. Here are the chosen 10:
"Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"The Tree of Life"
"X-Men: First Class"