It goes without saying that the award that most consistently captivates geeks year after year is the one handed out for Best Special Effects. This year's nominees feature an impossibly delicious trio of contenders. "Gravity" may have played fast and loose with science, but it's the favorite for providing filmgoers with an incredibly visceral 90 minutes of virtual space walking. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" delivered the kind of scale and wondrous creativity that fans of Peter Jackson's J.R. Tolkien interpretations gobble up, and has a real shot at the prize. But geeks-at-heart may have a tough time watching the crew of their beloved Enterprise come up short, as "Star Trek: Into Darkness" heads onto Oscar night a heavy underdog (cast pictured above with director J.J. Abrams, second from right).