Oscar Contenders

Look for Five Animated Oscar Nominees This Year

20 films have been submitted for consideration

It was long speculated and recently confirmed that enough titles would be submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for there to be five nominees this year. This is something that hasn't happened since 2003 when Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away took home the award and not only are there 16 contenders, which is the magic number needed to open the door for five nominees, but there are 20.

The Academy just released the list of 20 films submitted for consideration and they are:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
  • Astro Boy
  • Battle for Terra
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol
  • The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Mary and Max
  • The Missing Lynx
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • 9
  • Planet 51
  • Ponyo
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • A Town Called Panic
  • Up

I am a little surprised to see Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel since it is a mixture of live-action and animation, and am not sure if the first film or Garfield were submitted, but right now I am excited to see the category will have plenty of representation.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture (look for Up to do just that), provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

Based on the poll I published back in October users chose Up, Coraline, Ponyo, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog as their choices for the five animated nominees with Up chosen as the winner. Do you all still feel the same about that?

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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  • http://joker93.livejournal.com Nick

    I believe the first Alvin was submitted. Dunno about Garfield.

  • Katie

    I wouldn't call Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel an animated film. If that's on the list Roland Emmerich's 2012 should be too.

  • Katie

    ...and isn't Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure a direct to video release?

  • João

    Or 'Mary and Max'... You need to see it! A masterpiece!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Katie: It's going to be getting a qualifying run in Los Angeles I believe.

  • João

    No, Katie! It had a limited theatrical release! It was good but it wasn't good enough for a nomination!

  • m1

    I hope Alvin and the Chipmunks doesn't get nominated. The first was terrible, which will leave a lasting mark on voters.

  • Raichu

    I'm calling that 3 out of the 5 spots will be occupied by Disney:

    UP (to go along with it's "we're sorry for the Wall-E snub" BP nomination)
    Coraline
    Princess and the Frog
    Ponyo
    Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • pomme

    @João: it's great,great!

  • joker47

    The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Coraline
    The Princess and the Frog
    Ponyo
    Mary and Max

    I believe Up will get a best pic nod, and I think voters will save it from being nominated twice...but if Up gets screwed over...then take out Mary and Max and put Up there.

  • Carson Dyle

    It's not guaranteed that there will be 5 nominees is there? I thought it was like Best Song, where there had to be a certain amount of votes for the top five, or else it just stays at three. Or something like that.

  • http://n/a Jezza

    I rekon the academy wants different styles against each other in the final 5

    Up (CG)
    Coraline (Stop Motion)
    A Christmas Carol (Motion Capture)
    Ponyo (Animie)
    Princess and the Frog (Hand Drawn)

  • SheriePatel

    I'm thinking any of the following... (in no particular order)

    Up
    Coraline
    Fantastic Mr Fox
    Ponyo
    9
    Mary & Max

    personally, I didn't see what all the fuss was with 'Up' - it wasn't anything fantastic in my opinion, quite boring and predictable actually, nowhere near as powerful as Wall-E

  • Chris

    Alvin and the Chipmunks? The first one was terrible and I'm sure the new one is too. Why waste their time with submitting that one. It won't really be considered.

    Up, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, A Christmas Carol and 9 are my top picks.

  • Ashkash

    1. A Town Called Panic really ought to be given a fair chance.
    2. Up for it's appropriateness and effect over large demographics.
    3. Coraline
    4. 9
    5. Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Chris W

    @Ashkash:

    Up is going to win for it's "appropriateness and effect over large demographics" as well. Everything else is just honorable mention.