The list has been narrowed to 10 for the Oscar for Best Special Effects.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • John Carter
  • Life of Pi
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Prometheus
  • Skyfall
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Which of these films are most deserving? It goes without saying “Life of Pi” should be one of the final nominees. I may not have enjoyed the movie as a whole as much as a lot of people did, but no one can argue it was a visually beautiful film. The wild card here is “The Hobbit”. But, expect that to get in to. Also, don’t be shocked if “John Carter” gets a nomination. “Golden Compass” won this award a couple years back, despite underwhelming audiences. I’d love to see “Cloud Atlas” get nominated here. And I think it should have a strong case to win. The neo-Seoul visuals were amazing. Again, though the Academy probably won’t embrace this film at all.

From the summer blockbusters, “The Avengers” will be in just cause they want to honor it somehow. Also, probably “Prometheus” has a good shot too. If I had to choose one of these films, I’d give it to “Life of Pi” just because of the buzz it has. Most deserving? Tough to say, but I think it’s a toss up between “Life of Pi” and “Cloud Atlas”.

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