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Seven Films To Compete For Visual Effects Oscar

Middle-Earth and the Men in Black made the short list, as did the clone army and the Quidditch team. The nominees for 2002's Best Visual Effects will be culled from a short list of feature films with primary visual effects from Digital Domain, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Weta Digital. Worthy of noting all the films on the short list made over $100 million in U.S. theatrical release, with four of the films topping $200 million. Fifteen-minute clip reels from each of the seven films will be screened for the Visual Effects Award Nominating Committee on February 5, 2003. The members will then nominate three of these seven films for Oscar consideration. All of the nominees for the 75th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 5:30 a.m. PST. The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 23, 2003. The seven short-listed films are:

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (ILM)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Weta Digital)

MEN IN BLACK II (ILM)

MINORITY REPORT (ILM)

SPIDER-MAN (Sony Pictures Imageworks)

STAR WARS: EPISODE II "ATTACK OF THE CLONES" (ILM)

XXX (Digital Domain)

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