Which 2014 sci-fi flicks did (and didn't) make the Academy's short list for effects awards?

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Dec 5, 2014, 7:48 PM EST (Updated)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films in the running to win the best visual effects award. So, who made the cut?

The 10 films are essentially the short list for the Visual Effects category at the 87th Oscars, and will be cut in half on Jan. 15 when the list is whittled down to five finalists. Considering that science fiction and comic-book movies are at peak popularity these days, there are a boatload of contenders.

Here’s the Top 10 list the Academy is working from:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • Maleficent
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • X-Men: Days of Future 

Just about every film on that rundown is a solid option. But we’d say Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are probably the strongest contenders. Outside of that? A lot of good options. We could see X-Men, Maleficent, The Hobbit, Godzilla and Winter Soldier all slugging it out to make the cut. Good luck trimming it down, Academy.

Along with who is on the list, it’s also worth noting who didn’t make the cut. One of the most obvious snubs is Amazing Spider-Man 2, which, despite being a so-so film, did have crazy effects. The surprisingly good box-office dud Edge of Tomorrow, which had some excellent effects work, is also absent. Plus, recent sci-fi entires like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, RoboCop and Lucy are nowhere to be seen. 

Who would be in your top five? Anyone not on the list who you think deserves a nod?

(Via The New York Times)

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