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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 01/04/2012

QUICK HIT: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Captain America’ short-listed for effects Oscar

Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) takes aim in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” (Photo credit: Jay Maidment / Marvel Studios - JAY MAIDMENT / MARVEL STUDIOS)

Twin Marvel movies are in the running for the visual-effects Oscar.

“Captain America: The First Avenger” and “X-Men: First Class” are among the 10 finalists for the visual prize, Oscar organizers have just announced.

A third Marvel superhero film — “Thor” — made Oscars’ top-15 list last month, but didn’t make today’s top-10 cut.

The magnetic Michael Fassbenderin “X-Men: First Class.” (Photo: Murray Close - .)
Both “First Avenger” and “First Class” have production budgets reportedly north of $140-million — and both summer films grossed more than $350-million globally. None of the films in the “X-Men” franchise has won an Oscar.

The other finalists for Achievement in Visual Effects are: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”; “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”; “Hugo”; “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”; “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”; “Real Steel”; “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”; and “The Tree of Life.”

Members of the visual-effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will now screen excerpts of the 10 films. Then the field will be whittled down to five when all the Oscar noms are announced Jan. 24.

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be Feb. 26.

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