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

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

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.

Organizations: Snow White, Huntsman

Geographic location: LOS ANGELES

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