Fifteen films have been selected as semi-finalists for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ achievement in visual effects award.

The films in alphabetical order are: Angels & Demons; Avatar (pictured); Coraline; Disney’s A Christmas Carol; District 9; G-Force; G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra; Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince; Sherlock Holmes; Star Trek; Terminator Salvation; Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen; 2012; Watchmen; and Where The Wild Things Are.

Members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee who selected the semi-finalists, will whittle the list down to seven in early January.

All members of the visual effects branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on January 21 and will vote after the screenings to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The nominations will be announced on February 2.