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The Oscar race for Best Visual Effects is underway. Ten films have made the cut with the Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee. Now, all visual effects branch members will have the opportunity to view 10-minute excerpts from these shortlisted works on Jan. 9 to determine the five films that make the Oscar ballot. Even though this category used to belong to summer blockbusters, nine of the last 13 Visual Effects Oscars have gone to a Best Picture nominee, including the last five in a row: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Avatar," "Inception," "Hugo," and "Life of Pi." That is great news for "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron's technologically audacious thriller about astronauts stranded in Earth's orbit. It is the overwhelming frontrunner in this race.  Among the other nine films still in contention are two surprises: critical and box office bomb&n »


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