The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ visual effects branch has chosen the seven films for its annual bakeoff, to be held Jan. 20. Pics are “Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Hereafter,” “Inception,” “Iron Man 2,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Tron: Legacy.”

Org had announced a list of 15 semi-finalists on Dec. 10. The new, shorter list excludes high-profile 3D conversions “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “The Last Airbender” and “Clash of the Titans.” By not including those, the Academy sidestepped the issue of whether to consider 3D conversion as part of the visual effects category.

AMPAS’ bakeoff includes a 15-minute screening of work from each film, followed by a Q&A.

Rachel Abrams

The Art Directors Guild has nominated 15 films in three feature categories for its top prize. “True Grit,” “The King’s Speech,” “Shutter Island,” “Robin Hood” and “Get Low” were nommed in the period category. In the fantasy film arena, the ADG picked “Alice in Wonderland,” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Inception,” “Tron: Legacy” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Contemporary films that made the noms cut were “Black Swan,” “The Social Network,” “The Fighter,” “The Town” and “127 Hours.”

Peter Caranicas

“Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Shutter Island,” “The Social Network” and “True Grit” have been nominated for best achievement in sound by the Cinema Audio Society for its 2010 awards. Nominees for sound in a TV series were “24,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.” In the TV movie or miniseries realm, “The Pacific” garnered noms for four episodes. “Temple Grandin” was the fifth nominee. Kudos will be handed out Feb. 19 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Justin Kroll

The authors and screenwriters of “127 Hours,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone” have been chosen as finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award. Winners will be announced Feb. 4. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy adapted Fox Searchlight’s “127 Hours” from Aron Ralston’s autobio “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” Summit’s “Ghost Writer” was adapted by helmer Roman Polanski from Robert Harris’ novel “The Ghost.” Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal” became Sony’s “The Social Network” by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the script for Paramount’s “True Grit,” based on the novel by Charles Portis. Author Daniel Woodrell’s “Winter’s Bone” was written for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. Pic was distribbed by Roadshow Attractions.

Terry Flores

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