- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Iron Man 3
- The Lone Ranger
- Star Trek Into Darkness
- Thor: The Dark World
- Pacific Rim
- World War Z
The 10 films will each present a 10 minute reel of finished work at the bake-off in January to the full membership of the Academy visual effects branch, along with a quick introduction and post-reel Q&A. After the 10 films have presented, all members of the visual effects branch vote for the five Oscar nominees. Ultimately, the full Academy membership votes for the winners of the Academy Award in every category.
Like last year, the two-step process of an initial list of 15 films whittled down to 10 films was scrapped. Although the branch used the 15-to-10 process for the 84th Academy Awards, which gives the Executive Committee a chance to catch up on all 15 films, the accelerated rate of the Academy schedule for the 85th and 86th awards meant that the final bake-off list needs to be available in the first week of December of each year. The 15-to-10 process started for the 80th Academy Awards (for which "The Golden Compass" ultimately won the Oscar).
Congratulations to all of those participating in the bake-off.
Read Cohen's story here. FXGuide also covered the announcement here.