As we all know, TF1 was 'robbed' of an Oscar in 2007, losing to Golden Compass. Reading through the posts here, some of which seem to be written by those familiar with CG, it seems TF1 lost because it lacked variety - whereas Golden Compass had talking bears, flying witches and various daemons, TF1 only had giant robots, as spectacular as they were. ROTF has significantly upped the ante. The way I see it, the following films are likely to be nominated for best visual effects this time round: Avatar - Might well win the thing, if Cameron's revolutionary 3D technology is worth the hype. 2012 - Emmerich pretty much dumped EVERY disaster movie cliche in this one . The trailer alone had floods, sinking aircraft carriers, meteorites, earthquakes ... the works. ROTF - For what we all enjoyed, even the critics. If POTC 2 & 3 could be nominated in successive years, I don't see why ROTF can't. Star Trek - Tough call. The CG itself was groundbreaking, but it did manage a balance between realism and all out fantasy. How many nominees are allowed every year?