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Avengers, Dark Knight, Hobbit Up For Visual Effects Oscar; Hunger Games Snubbed

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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 blockbuster film "The Hunger Games" was left out of the race).

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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.

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

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