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15 are up for best effects.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
has announced the 15 films vying for best visual effects
consideration at the Oscars.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
has announced the 15 films vying for best visual effects
consideration at the Oscars.

Blockbusters such as "Avatar," "2012" and "Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen" will compete with smaller films such as
"Where the Wild Things Are," "District 9" and "Coraline."

The other semifinalists are: "Disney's A Christmas Carol,"
"G-Force," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince," "Sherlock Holmes," "Star Trek,"
"Terminator Salvation" and "Watchmen."

The list was selected by the academy's visual effects branch
executive committee, which will narrow the list to seven in
January. The committee will eventually pick three films for Oscar
nominations.

The awards will be presented March 7.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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