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‘Avatar,’ ‘District 9’ Make Oscar VFX Shortlist

Seven films remain in contention for the visual effects award

“Avatar,” “District 9,” “Star Trek,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “2010” among the seven films making the shortlist for the Academy Award for visual effects.

The Academy announced the finalists on Wednesday.  Effects artists from the seven films will make 15-minute presentations at a visual effects “bakeoff” on Thursday, January 21, and the three nominees will be chosen by secret ballot at that event.

The shortlist:

“Avatar”

“District 9”

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

“Star Trek”

“Terminator Salvation”

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

“2012”

Films not making the shortlist from among the 15 seminfinalists include “Angels & Demons,” “Coraline,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “G-Force,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Watchmen” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”