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16 Animated Features Submitted for 2015 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced today that 16 animated features have been submitted for Oscar consideration in the 2015 feature category.

Here is the list of films, in alphabetical order:

  • Anomalisa
  • Home
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Inside Out
  • Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
  • Minions
  • Moomins on the Riviera
  • Regular Show: The Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • The Boy and the World
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Laws of the Universe – Part 0
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water
  • When Marnie Was There

Though all of these films have submitted their paperwork, several of the films have not yet fulfilled the Los Angeles theatrical release requirement that would allow them to advance in the voting process. Here’s why that matters: To have five nominees in the category, the Academy requires a minimum of 16 films to qualify. That means if one of these films doesn’t complete the qualification process, the entire field would drop down to 15 films, and the Academy rules would force them to scale back to just four nominees, rather than five.

That would be especially tough for the other films because it’s an extremely strong pack of contenders this year with much-admired films like Anomalisa, The Boy and the Beast, The Boy and the World, Inside Out, and Shaun the Sheep Movie contending for the prize. Other potential contenders like The Peanuts Movie and The Good Dinosaur haven’t even been released yet.

It’s also remarkable that so few films qualified this year considering that over 150 animated features were released theatrically around the globe this year. The number of submissions in the feature animation category represents a 20% drop-off from last year when 20 features were submitted.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

  • CTM

    C’mon, Sponge Out of Water!

    (let me dream)

  • Milo

    Of what I’ve seen so far (there are still some I plan on seeing as they are released soon), I guess I’d have to go with Inside Out, although the SpongeBob sequel was way better then I expected it to be. In all honesty though, none of the animated films this year have excited me.

  • Andrew L.

    INSIDE OUT is going to win, no question. In any case, the voting for animated features is done with so little real consideration that the worth of any given film hardly matters.

    • David

      Unfortunately it’s true. If your film doesn’t have the Pixar or DreamWorks brand, it’s done.

  • Alan_Gabriel

    Regular Show – OHHHHHHH!!!!!

    • Inkan1969

      I was surprised when I read this. What kind of theatrical release is it going to get? A one-week qualifying run like Disney does for the “Tinkerbell” movies? Or a nationwide limited distribution like what Hasbro once did with the “Equestria Girls” movies?

      Speaking of Tink, Disney had another Disney Faeries movie this year, “Legend of the Neverbeast”. But this year, it’s not on the submission list? Why did Disney decide to skip the list this time?

      • Cloud

        Not only that, the rest of the Tinkerbell movies were cancelled. Pretty sure its because of low ratings.

  • Steven Bowser

    It’s going to be tough this year with the Pixar films. They’re usually so solid that it’s hard not to give them Oscars every time. Films like The Boy and the Beast are amazing, but they don’t have the broad appeal that well-oiled Pixar films do. I rarely see someone who “doesn’t get” a good Pixar film.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I predict Inside Out will win.

  • Not necessarily three nominations, Amid. Official Academy rules state that:

    “In any year in which 13 to 15 films are released, a maximum of 4 motion pictures may be nominated.”

    • AmidAmidi

      Fixed now. Thanks!

  • Sim x

    Unless Pixar can top it with The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out is a guaranteed win.

  • It’s really no contest. Pete Docter is gonna get a second Academy Award, just like his colleague Andrew Stanton. Well deserved too, this year for animation features have been lackluster.

  • ea

    I read about “The Laws of the Universe – Part 0”; it seems to be the animated equivalent of Battlefield Earth.

  • Lori

    I just saw The Prophet yesterday, which was beautiful, thoughtful and well deserving of the nod. But I’m also holding out on the release of Moomins on the Riviera.

  • Inkan1969

    There certainly were more than 16 animated feature releases in the US. A lot more in fact. What happened to:

    Strange Magic
    Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos
    Hell and Back

    not to mention:

    Extraordinary Tales
    Dragonball Z: Resurrection F
    Ghost in the Shell: the New Movie
    The Last: Naruto the Movie
    Boruto: Naruto the Movie
    The Anthem of the Heart
    Love Live! The School Idol Movie
    Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
    Maya – the Bee Movie
    The Seventh Dwarf
    All Creatures Big and Small
    Back to the Jurassic

    How come none of these were submitted?

    • Stefan Ellison

      This is also the first year Fox didn’t submit an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. I would have thought Disney and Fox would submit their unlikely contenders, so that the category would guarantee five spots and increase the chances of their actual players getting nominated.

  • guest

    A lot of creators probably think it is a waste of time to submit a film for an Oscar. They know the likelihood of a non-Pixar or non-Disney film winning is about 0.

    • Doconnor

      For an independent film even getting nominated would be a big boost. With 5 nominations there would be room for at least on independent on the list.

      • Guest

        A lot of people know of Song of the Sea and Secret of Kells through them being nominated. So even if your chances of winning are close to zero (which they are unless you’re Disney/Pixar), it’s still a good boost.

  • BobW

    I wonder why some great films i’ve seen at Annecy are not part of the list. These films defenitely deserve to be on it at least: Longway North, April and the Twisted World, Adama, Miss Hokusai and probably some others as well. Could it have something to do with the L.A. release requirements, or maybe the studios just didn’t submit the film? Since the oscars are no longer really representative of film quality imho I’m sure it’ll go to one of the big studios. Haven’t seen Inside Out and i’m sure it’s good and fresh so that would be my bet.

  • Eliphant

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Inside Out won next year. I mean, what are the chances for an indie film to win an oscar? Pretty low I assume.