Oscar Beat: 19 Animated Features Submitted for 86th Academy Awards

     November 5, 2013

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19 animated feature films have been submitted for consideration for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, and it’s clear that this is a very thin year for the Best Animated Feature race.  Monsters University and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 feel like the biggest standouts, and while MU is certainly a strong effort from Pixar, it’s tough to imagine those two rousing the same kind of passion that previous nominees like How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story 3, or even ParaNorman instilled.  DreamWorks Animation has two contenders in the bunch with The Croods and Turbo, while Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2, Blue Sky’s Epic, and Disney’s Planes and Frozen are also eligible for nominations.  Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature The Wind Rises is also among the submitted films.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of submitted features and for my early thoughts on the Best Animated Feature Oscar race.  The 86th Oscars will be held on March 2, 2014.  To catch up on all of our Oscar Beat coverage thus far, click here.

despicable-me-2While the first Despicable Me failed to nab an Oscar nomination, it’ll be interesting to see if the Academy can ignore the massive box office success of the sequel—its worldwide total currently stands at a whopping $911 million.  Miyazaki’s How’s Moving Castle was nominated in 2005, and despite some mixed reviews, I’d be surprised if the Academy didn’t recognize The Wind Rises since it’s likely the legendary filmmaker’s final film.  Pixar’s Brave won the Best Animated Feature award last year so the superior Monsters University feels like a shoo-in for a nomination, and Disney’s Frozen returns to the studio’s musical roots and has garnered some high early praise, so it seems to be a likely nominee as well.

At this very early stage, I imagine Monsters University, The Wind Rises, and Despicable Me 2 will land nominations, with one or two of the several foreign films likely to make the cut as well.  Cloudy 2 scored mostly positive reviews, so it has a shot too.  As for DreamWorks Animation, The Croods feels like its best bet—did anyone actually see Turbo?

the-wind-rises-posterCheck out the full list of 19 animated features that have been submitted for Oscar consideration below, and leave your thoughts in the comments.  Does this feel like a light year in animation to everyone else, or is it just me?  What were the bright spots for you?

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®.

The 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Epic”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“Frozen”
“Khumba”
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apóstolo”
“Planes”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“Turbo”
“The Wind Rises”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

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