Lens-Flarey Star Trek, 2012, Avatar Among Oscar Effects Shortlisters

The most orgiastic year in cinematic history, at least where special effects are concerned, has produced this list of finalists vying for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Among the 15 to eventually be whittled down to seven: District 9, Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Salvation, 2012, Where the Wild Things Are and Avatar. Missing: New Moon. Which isn't to say it doesn't still have a decent-to-excellent shot at Best Picture. Full list after the jump.

"Angels & Demons"



"Disney's A Christmas Carol"

"District 9"


"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"



"Where the Wild Things Are"

· Shortlist announced for visual effects Oscar [THR]