On Jan. 9, during what is called the "bakeoff," members of the Visual Effects Branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 films and will vote to nominate five films. Two years ago, 15 films were initially selected then narrowed to 10, then five. A rule change in 2011 allows for five films to be nominated.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
- “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
- “Iron Man 3”
- “The Lone Ranger”
- “Star Trek Into Darkness”
- “Thor: The Dark World”
- “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim”
- “World War Z”
Noticeably absent from the list is Superman film "The Man of Steel."
We are 40 days away from the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement, which will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT.
The 86th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2013, will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.