'Journey to the Center of the Earth' makes cut

The Academy has shortlisted 15 films in the visual effects category.

While the list is heavy with superheroes, the Academy recognized the reverse-aging of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the digitally altered landscapes of “Australia,” but not “Speed Racer” or “Wanted.”

The 15 films: “Australia,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “Cloverfield,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Hancock,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Iron Man,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Quantum of Solace” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles.”

On Jan. 6 the VFX exec committee will announce seven of the 15 that pics will compete in a bakeoff. The bakeoff is Jan. 15 at the Acad’s Goldwyn Theater, when the branch membership will pick the final three.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22.

The fifteen pics are:

“Australia”

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”

“Cloverfield”

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“The Dark Knight”

“The Day the Earth Stood Still”

“Hancock”

“Hellboy II”

“The Incredible Hulk”

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

“Iron Man”

“Journey to the Center of the Earth”

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”

“Quantum of Solace”

“The Spiderwick Chronicles”

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