18 Animated Feature Films Submit for 84th Annual Academy Awards

     November 4, 2011

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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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