The Academy has announced the 10 visual effects contenders for the prize before visual effects branch members consider who will become the five nominees.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

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

All members of the visual effects branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Jan 3. The nominees will be unveiled on Jan 10.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards are set to take place on Feb 24 in Hollywood.