18 Animated Feature Films Submit for 84th Annual Academy Awards

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Under consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature will be 18 contenders, some of which have yet to have their qualifying runs on screen. Major features include The Adventures of Tintin, Rango and Cars 2. Disney/Pixar has won 6 out of 10 years, while winning the last four in a row, but with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots in the running, it could very well be their turn. Though there are some dark horses in the mix.

Submitted films must satisfy the category’s qualifying rules, including their theatrical release, in order to continue the submission process. In order to activate the award category at all, no fewer than 8 animated features must be released in theaters in Los Angeles County within the calendar year. If these films meet requirements for other categories, including Best Picture, they may be eligible for those awards as well. Hit the jump to see the full list.

rango-movie-poster-hi-res-01Here are the 18 submissions for the Best Animated Feature category:

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Alois Nebel
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • A Cat in Paris
  • Chico & Rita
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Rio
  • The Smurfs
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wrinkles

adventures-of-tintin-movie-imageSome of the lesser-known titles on the list are: Alois Nebel, a drama from the Czech Republic involving a train dispatcher, a mute stranger and a murder plot in Poland; A Cat in Paris, a French mystery that takes place over one evening along the rooftops of Paris; Chico & Rita, a Spanish/English language film that dramatizes the Latin bolero through Chico, a piano player and Rita, a singer; and Wrinkles, or Arrugas, based on the award-winning comic book by Paco Roca, which deals with Alzheimer’s patients in a senior citizens home. Keep an eye on these dark horses.

The nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24th at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 84th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Eddie Murphy, will air Sunday, February 26th, 2012 on ABC, live from the Kodak Theatre. Check in with Collider for more upcoming Oscars coverage.




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  • Josh

    Can’t speak about the lesser know films on that list, but Rango makes the other domestic wide releases look like sh*t.

    • Jesus

      It really is one of the most, if not the, most beautifully rendered animated films I’ve ever seen. The detail is just spectacular, but the story has left quite a few people feeling cold.

  • Will

    No japanese animation this year, even though Arriety and Redline are two great films. I don’t think they would compete for the win, but a nomination was possible. I will never understand why Disney is releasing Arriety just next year, when it can’t compete for the Oscars.

    • Natalie

      Arrietty is really spectacular. Miyazaki’s stories are just always a cut above the rest because of their simplicity.

  • Joe C

    The Smurths?!?! HA no way that movie will be given the nom

  • HANK

    Very tough call! I would hate to choose just 1.

    Rango and Tintin were both spectacular! Tintin has the edge I would say though.
    Kung Fu Panda 2 was also fantastic. Cars 2, not as bad as people made out (better than the first one IMO) But I dont see it getting far here.

    I also thought Legend of the Guardians was stunning visually, though its not on the list. Or was that last year?

    My hope is that Tintin wins it, stunning film! But I wouldnt complain if Rango won neither. WETA vs ILM, let battle commence!

  • IllusionOfLife

    I’m personally hoping Winnie the Pooh takes it, but my money is on either Rango or Tintin.

    However, if you ask me, Tintin shouldn’t count as an animated feature because, motion capture, by definition, is not animation. Although, it makes more sense to be on the list than The Smurfs or Alvin and the Chipmunks, both of which are live action movies with animated characters. If that’s the definition of “animated feature” now than I guess the Star Wars prequels, Transformers, and Avatar are all animated features.

  • jymmmymack

    From what I have read about the new rules instituted in 2010, Tintin may not “qualify” as an animated film, so it’s chances of making it into the next “round” may be diminished already. Rango and Kung Fu Panda 2 are locks, I would think Tintin would take the third, but if not, I’m guessing it’ll go to Winnie the Pooh.

    • John

      If all 18 films are eligible, then there will be 5 nominees this year, not just 3.

      • jymmmymack

        I have a feeling Tintin won’t make it into the category. They changed the rules after Avatar that made it harder for mocap pictures to get nominated.

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