Los Angeles: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' and 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' are among the 15 films shortlisted for this year's Oscar for visual effects.
The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences' list also includes Captain America: The First Avenger, Cowboys & Aliens, Hugo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Real Steel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Sucker Punch, Super 8, Thor, The Tree of Life, and X-Men: First Class.
Going into this year's competition, one question will be whether the Academy will reward the VFX wizards behind the Harry Potter finale, a magazine reported.
No movie in the series has ever won an Oscar for visual effects. Only two — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 — have been nominated.
In early January, the members of the Academy's visual effects branch executive committee, who selected the 15 films, will narrow the list to 10.
A VFX bake off will then be held on January 19, when members of the branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the 10 films. That evening the members will also vote to nominate five films for the Oscar.
The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 24.