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The Academy has announced the ten films that made their final shortlist for the Best Visual Effects category at the 2014 Oscars and I can't say this category ever really surprises me with what's in versus what's out, but to see films such as Man of Steel, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Oz the Great and Powerful not make the cut does make you wonder just what exactly does it mean to have the "best" visual effects. Here's the ten that will compete for the five nominees, which will be determined after all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. Elysium Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Oblivion Pacific Rim Star Trek Into Darkness »

- Brad Brevet

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