(Source: Variety) The Motion Picture Academy released its long list of 15 contenders for the Visual Effects Oscar Friday, and there were some surprises, both in what made it, and what didn’t.

Animated features “Coraline” and “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” are still in the running, but already gone from contention are “The Lovely Bones,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Night at the Museum 2,” all of which boasted extensive digital vfx.

The 15 still in the Oscar race are: “Angels & Demons”; “Avatar”; “Coraline”; “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”; “District 9″; “G-Force”; “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”; “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”; “Sherlock Holmes”; “Star Trek”; “Terminator Salvation”; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”; “2012″; “Watchmen”; “Where the Wild Things Are.”

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