Avengers, Dark Knight, Hobbit Up For Visual Effects Oscar; Hunger Games Snubbed

Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers' Scarlett Johansson in 'The Avengers'

James Bond, Snow White and a whole lot of hobbits and superheroes are in the running for the visual-effects prize at the Academy Awards.

The superhero blockbusters “The Avengers,” '‘The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” are among 10 films that made the cut for visual-effects nominations for the Oscars on Feb. 24. (The blockbuster film “The Hunger Games” was left out of the race).

The other seven contenders announced Thursday include the Bond adventure “Skyfall,” '‘Snow White and the Huntsman,” '‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” '‘Cloud Atlas,” '‘John Carter,” '‘Life of Pi” and “Prometheus.”

Members of the academy’s visual-effects branch will view 10-minute excerpts from each of the films on Jan. 3, and then pick five nominees for the Oscars.

Nominations for the 85th Oscars will be announced Jan. 10.