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Seven Nominees for Visual Effects Oscar Announced; Field Will Get Narrowed to Three

The Motion Picture Academy has announced that seven films are still in the running for the Visual Effects Oscar: Avatar, District 9, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and 2012.

That field will be narrowed down on Thursday evening, January 21st at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater when each feature will present 15 minutes of highlights.  At that point, the members of the branch will vote for the three nominees that will go up for the Oscar for Visual Effects.  The three final nominees will be announced on February 2, 2010 alongside the rest of the Oscar nominations.  The 82nd Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 7, 2010 on ABC. The full press release follows after the jump.

Beverly Hills, CA (January 6, 2010) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • “Avatar”
  • “District 9”
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “Terminator Salvation”
  • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
  • “2012”

On Thursday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.