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article imageSpecial effects Oscar hopefuls move on, but two glaring omissions

By Tim O'Brien     Dec 5, 2014 in Entertainment
Two glaring omissions are worthy of note when looking at the shortlist for special effects Oscar hopefuls. Those still in it are 10 films that many have seen over the last year.
But, two are missing here. They both have one thing in common. Well, two if one counts that they were left out. No, both are biblical films. That's right, "Noah" and "Exodus: God and Kings" will not be up in this category come time for the Academy Awards.
For "Noah" and the upcoming "Exodus," the effects needed to pull off the movies are an integral part of the films. Both are controversial, too, but that doesn't usually matter in this category. It may hurt "Exodus: God and Kings" as it opens next week.
There is bad buzz surrounding it already with the casting, but now this. The iconic scene of parting the Red Sea will not be around for award season glory at the Oscars.
Here are the 10 still in the running:
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Of this list, only two have yet to be released. But, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” will make their qualifying runs this month.
One would hope that the highest-grossing film of the year, "Guardians of the Galaxy," could pick up some wins in these categories. It is not likely be in the best picture category, but should be considered. It is a good, overall, movie. One way the show could pick up more viewers as last year's show grew in the ratings. Why not keep that trend going?
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