See here for an editorial about why I think Life of Pi is important for computer animation.
If you, or someone you knew, who was talented and technical, and they wanted to get a Scitech award, then with a lot of hard work you can probably achieve that. Maybe not, but you might be able to. But you can work in the effects business all your life and still not be nominated for an academy award. Its a whole other kettle of fish.
I think that Life of Pi is or should be the favorite, and that would be very good for Rhythm and Hues.
This all reminds me that I have to write up my John Hughes and Mary Lambert story at Robert Abel & Associates.