The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards are out, and though it's still a tough environment for comic book-based movies, Marvel Studios' megahit The Avengers did get one nod: Visual Effects (represented by the team of Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick), where it's competing with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman.
2012's other big superhero film, Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, was shut out of the nominations. Four years ago, The Dark Knight was nominated for eight Oscars, and won two: Best Sound Editing, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker.
Argo, based on a real-life CIA plot that involved concept art by comics legend Jack Kirby, was nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture. This year's nominees for Animated Feature Film are Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Pirates! Band of Misfits and Wreck-It Ralph.
The 85th Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Feb. 24.
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