The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®. In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven. Those seven will go to the "bake-off" on January 20th where members of the 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 five films for final Oscar consideration.

Congratulation to all those who made the list. Click through to see the selected 15 films...

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alice in Wonderland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Clash of the Titans
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2
The Last Airbender
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Shutter Island
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Tron: Legacy

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, 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.

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  • Alan

    Tron FTW!


    TRON:Legacy….no other movie even stand a chance!though i have not seen the movie but the the kind of work done in the first movie in terms of story is kind of phenomenal!!and the here say of industry professionals are also rating this movie as the Favorite in terms of winning the award!! go DISNEY!!
    Inception is also a winner in its own way…AND we people should appreciate all the movies that we all professionals make to hit people with the finesse awe of fantastic cinema!!
    best of luck to all

  • Dave G

    1st: Inception
    2nd: Tron: Legacy
    3rd: Scott Pilgrim vs the World

    I would have gone for Tron, but Inception along with the VFX it also had a concept which has been the dream of all the psychologists and people. It was completely a fesh concept and nothing for sometime can beat it until they come up with a sequal. Fingers crossed !!! Hoorah Inception.

  • Matt

    1st Tron: Legacy
    2st Inception
    3rd The Last Airbender or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

    I would have Inception up for best picture!

  • Dano

    INCEPTION!!! (And New Deal Studios…) 🙂

  • Nathan

    Monsters and Skyline needs to be on this list.

    How did Alice in wonderland and the last Air Bender, prince of persia, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Sorcerer

  • My guess:

    Tron, Inception, Alice, Harry, Iron Man, Shutter, Hereafter to make it to the bake-off. I think this year 5 get to become nominated. Good luck to all!


  • Last year we had stronger visual effects in movies like Avatar and 2012.

    • kev

      This year we have better movies with less special effects…minus last air bender

  • Flipmode

    1st: inception
    2nd: Tron: legacy
    3rd: Scott pilgrim

    Inception has to be number one, because of the visuals with the fantastic storyline! It’s still on everyones mind…

  • Damien

    Alice, Inception, Tron, Potter, and Iron Man should be top 5.

  • My top 5:
    Alice in Wonderland
    Scott Pilgrim -or- Harry Potter

  • Andrew

    Nice to see 2 of the films I worked on on the list.

    Inception should win it though.

  • Alex

    Harry Potter and Tron .

  • TJ S.

    The 5 eventual nominees will be:

    Tron: Legacy
    Alice in Wonderland
    Iron Man 2
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

  • Scott

    Hereafter….Clint Eastwood!

  • Ryan

    If these are movies for VFX, judging by the Tron storyline and the posters I’ve been seeing, it would most likely be first.

    Really not sure about Inception though, as a lot of the effects were physically done. (Unless of course, I’m taking the meaning of VFX the wrong way and that actual reality based effects also factor in)

    I’m guessing it’ll be top 5:
    1) Tron
    2) Alice in Wonderland
    3) Harry Potter
    4) Narnia
    5) Iron Man 2