December 09, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will compete for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Check out the list below:

Captain America: The First Avenger

Cowboys & Aliens

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sucker Punch

Super 8

Thor

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Tree of Life

X-Men: First Class

This list will get narrowed down to 10 next month, and five will eventually be nominated for the Academy Award on Jan. 24. I don’t envy the people who have to choose the top five — as far as the effects are concerned, there’s not a clunker in the bunch. Will the visual effects branch just go for blockbusters like Harry Potter and X-Men, or will they make room for art-house entries like Hugo and Tree of Life? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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