The Long List:
“Captain America: The First Avenger”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“The Tree of Life”
“X-Men: First Class”
In a month, the Academy whittles the Big Fifteen down to the Shortlist Ten, and then one of the survivors walks away with The Little Gold Man.
Having seen a minimal number of the named films, I wouldn't have the foggiest notion about which epic ultimately gets it. A half century ago, The Guns of Navarone beat out The Absent-Minded Porfessor for the vfx Oscar. We've traveled a bit of a ways since then.