Todd writes: The Academy announced the seven finalists in the Visual effects and Sound Editing categories today. The Two Towers made the cut in both cases. Academy branch members will review the seven nominees and whittle them down to a final three nominees, which will be announced along with the regular nominations on February 11th. Biggest surprise is the lack of a sound editing nomination for Attack of the Clones.
Special Visual Effects:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Men in Black II, Minority Report, Spider-Man, Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones, XXX
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Minority Report, Road to Perdition, Spider-Man, We Were Soldiers,