20 Animated Features Submitted for 2014 Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced yesterday afternoon that 20 animated features have been submitted for Oscar consideration in the 2014 animated feature category. Since more than 16 films will be in contention this year, the Academy will select up to five nominees in the category.

The submitted films, in alphabetical order, are:

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Cheatin’
Giovanni’s Island
Henry & Me
The Hero of Color City
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
The LEGO Movie
Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Penguins of Madagascar
The Pirate Fairy
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Rio 2
Rocks in My Pockets
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Academy stated in their news release that several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run, which means that some of these films could still drop off the list.

While there aren’t any major surprises on the list—we’d already identified all the major contenders many months ago—it is surprising that some of the most well received animated features of 2014 weren’t qualified for Oscar consideration. Some of the notable omissions are The Boy and the World, Tante Hilda, The Prophet, and Until Sbornia Do Us Part.

The nominations will be announced on January 15, 2015.


  • JO-JO

    May the best feature win …

    • Renata Melo

      That is obviously How to Train Your Dragon 2, finally winning the oscar that it deserved to have won in the first movie.

      • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

        Actually, my money would’ve been on Lego Movie, HTYD2 as my second pick, and a tie between Song of the Sea and Princess Kaguya if they decide to pick an art flick.

  • Jason

    “And the Oscar goes to… not necessarily the best film, but which film made the most money.”

  • http://filmcutting.com/ Film Cutting

    The Boy and the World should be there.

  • Ryan

    A fair few I haven’t heard of there… But have just looked up Minuscule, and that looks fantastic!

  • bob

    may the studio with the most money win.

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      Once in a while it doesn’t work out that way. Actually about every five years on the dot. So we’ve got three more years to go until a rich studio doesn’t win.

  • http://cinimated.com Ant G

    Why is Dawn of the planet of the Apes missing from this “animated features” list? Amirite or amirite

    • Tim Tran

      and Transformers 4? where is that? that got billion dollars. obviously gonna win right?

  • Lori

    Until Sbornia Do Us Part is so good! That’s a bummer.

  • harrence

    Boy in the World next year – Gkids wouldn’t blow three strong films in a year.

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    I’m a little disappointed Tante Hilda wasn’t submitted since I really wanted to see it here in the States. Oh well.

    By the way, does anybody know how Pirate Fairy qualified? It was a direct-to-DVD release wasn’t it? I thought there was some rule about how a film needs to play in a theatre in LA county to be eligible or something… maybe I was wrong.

    • starss

      A bunch of Tinkerbell movies were submitted as Oscar noms because of COURSE Disney had to give them all limited releases in real theaters.

      • Inkan1969

        I support it. The more movies submitted, the better to ensure the survival of the award, and the higher profile the award gets. I don’t expect a “Disney Fairy” to ever get nominated (although “The Pirate Fairy” was a fun movie actually), but it’s still worth making the submission list large. I wish that Hasbro would do the same with their “Equestria Girls” movies.

    • mawnck

      It did. At the El Capitan, in March.

  • James VanDam

    Hopefully this year what ever movie wins doesn’t win by default like last year.

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      Agreed. From this list of submitted films, I don’t think that’ll be an issue this year.

  • Phil

    Tante Hilda would have been my pick.

  • pez

    The Boxtrolls all the way

    • Dusty Ayres

      Same here. I’ll also take The LEGO Movie or How To Train Your Dragon II if The Boxtrolls doesn’t win. I don’t think that Song of the Sea‘s going to get it.

  • Jose

    I don’t think “The Prophet” received a theatrical run this year. I’m guessing its a film Gkids should pick up and it will be a shoe in for next year’s race.

  • Jason

    Wreck-It Ralph was a Disney movie and did that win?

    • Raspyberry

      Wish it did as opposed to Pixar’s Brave.
      Anyways, since Disney currently owns Pixar…Brave is technically still a “Disney movie” though not a WDA movie.

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      It did win the Annie award for Best Animated feature that year, though.

  • Max C.

    I’ve seen Song of the Sea and I can tell you it’s amazing enough to be considered worthy instead of Book of Life or Boxtrolls.

    • http://ignoranimus.tumblr.com Ignoranimus

      I dunno whether it’d be eligible for a 2014 Oscar. Wikipedia page says North American release for December, that seems kind of late, but I’m not sure whether that still makes it eligible.

      • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

        The Wind Rises was released December 14th in LA last year for one week… so I think Song of the Sea will be fine.

      • doconnor

        Some movies purposely released on December 31 to be as close to the Oscar hype as possible.

    • megadrivesonic

      I just saw the trailer lets hope its gets a good release in the US, preferably not the limited.

      • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

        Last I heard it’s getting a wide release in December.

  • Max C.

    If I had to rank the films I’ve seen in this list…
    1. The LEGO Movie
    2. Song of the Sea
    3. How to Train Your Dragon 2
    N/A. The Boy and the World
    4. Cheatin’
    5. Rocks in my Pockets
    6. Giovanni’s Island
    7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    8. The Boxtrolls
    9. The Pirate Fairy
    10. The Book of Life
    11. Rio 2

    Big Hero 6 is still not out in my country until late January, but I can already tell that the three most likely to win are that, Dragon and LEGO unless the Academy think the latter has too much product placement. No festival in my home country has screened Princess Kaguya, but I can see that being nominated alongside Song of the Sea.

    • Huh?

      You thought Peabody & Sherman was better than The Boxtrolls? One was cookie-cutter, the other was a work of fine art…

      • Tennie

        Actually, both were terribly boring.

      • Max C.

        Yeah, I too wish I ranked some of them higher. In fact… *edits*

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      I haven’t seen Book of Life or Pirate Fairy, but based on what I’ve seen of both, I would’ve ranked Book of Life higher due to creative visuals and not being part of a mega franchise.

      • Max C.

        Oh, how I wanted to do so, but Book of Life to me looks more creative than it feels – there was nothing very special about the rest of it, especially the soundtrack and the climax. I just have guilty pleasures and displeasures. Who doesn’t?

  • Tim Tran

    reviews are saying its not as good as disneys other recent works. so i doubt it.

    • Josh Moore

      It currently has an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and its a few days until it’s in theaters so it’s qualified enough.

  • JadedJude

    And the winner is Frozen!!!!

  • GW

    I really want to see Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants. The Tale of Princess Kaguya might be good but I can’t tell from the trailers.

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      Princess Kaguya has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, the only way to truly know is to watch it yourself.

      • GW

        I didn’t know its approval rating was that high. I read a review from Bill Plympton on Scribble Junkies where he said that the quality of the animation goes down in the last ten to fifteen minutes.

  • megadrivesonic

    I have a feeling book of life wont win because its not big hero 6 or made by the big three, it be phenomenal if it did though.

  • Derik

    After researching all these films and watching a few, all I can say is Tale of the Princess Kaguya looks like the most amazing piece of work thrown onto screens this year. I honestly don’t care what wins or not, all I care about is watching that film.

    • ajnrules

      It is a beautiful film, both in its animation style and in its heartbreaking story. I hope it gets a nomination and better yet a win!

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    IMO,these will be the final 5 nominees: Big Hero 6,The Book of Life,The Boxtrolls,How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

    • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

      I’d put Song of the Sea on the list ahead of Book of Life or Boxtrolls, since 1) it’s been getting great reviews and 2) their first film Book of Kells got nominated by the academy, which was a big deal since it wasn’t a major studio.

  • JodyMorgan

    I’m seeing a lot of comments saying that the Disney/highest-grossing/best-promoted film is going to win the award, so let’s have a list of previous winners to work off of:
    2001: Shrek
    2002: Spirited Away
    2003: Finding Nemo
    2004: The Incredibles
    2005: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    2006: Happy Feet
    2007: Ratatouille
    2008: WALL·E
    2009: Up
    2010: Toy Story 3
    2011: Rango
    2012: Brave
    2013: Frozen

    • Inkan1969

      Yep, 2013 was the first time in the whole history of the award that a Walt Disney Feature Animation film won.

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    Funny, my pick would be Lego Movie or HTYD2, not Big Hero 6 (although I’ve obviously not seen Big Hero yet). And there’s still the extremely, extremely slim chance they choose an art film instead. (haha, like that’d ever happen.)

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    Two contenders you might want to consider for your list: Lego Movie and Song of the Sea. Although I’m glad you placed Book of Life and BoxTrolls on there :)

    Also, last year the Academy fulfilled the obligatory “let’s give Disney the award even though their film isn’t actually the best” thing, so I think the playing field might be a bit more even.

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    Cartoon Brew, could you guys host your own “award” thing where we all just vote on which film we think *deserves* to win, then we compare it to what actually won?

    • Nicky

      Agreed. We all know the Oscar judges don’t care about animation at all. Hell, there are times where I think they don’t care about movies with real people either. It’s all politics it seems

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    You know, whatever we may think of this list of contenders, let us all remember that the Nut Job and Tarzan 3D could’ve been competitors, but they aren’t being considered.

  • Inkan1969

    Amid, those four movies you listed, did any of them already have the required one week run in NY or LA to qualify? If not, then maybe they’ll be submitted for the 2015 BAF Oscar.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    I could see the award going to the “well-known” company of the group (Big Hero 6). However, I hope the nominees would be worthy of the award. I think it’ll be more competitive and well deserved at the Annies. Some of the crowd favorites (BoxTrolls, Book of Life) I doubt will win, but they will be nominated.

    I do hope that The Tale of Princess Kaguya get nominated. I don’t think it’ll win, but the craftsmanship and storytelling was stellar!

    To close, I guess I could put my picks up (not claiming the winner, but just the list):

    1. The LEGO Movie
    2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
    3. Big Hero 6
    4. The Princess of Kaguya
    5. BoxTrolls (if not BoxTrolls, then Song of the Sea – would rather see Song of the Sea nominated than BoxTrolls..but my gut says the Academy will go with Laika).

  • Magenta White

    I don’t get why people are saying they’ll give it to Big Hero 6 because it’s the only Disney film this year. Up until last year with Frozen, Walt Disney Animated Studios hasn’t won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

  • JodyMorgan

    Well, if we’re counting features that are distributed by Disney, it’s 9 out of 13.

    • David

      “You might as well argue that “Spirited Away” is a Disney movie because Disney distributed that movie”

      “Well, if we’re counting features that are distributed by Disney, it’s 9 out of 13.”

      Yeah that’s JodyMorgan’s whole point.

  • Inkan1969

    Pixar is a separate division in Disney, with its own structure. In fact, up to “Ratatouille”, Disney was only the distributor; the Disney corporation had nothing to do with the actual running of Pixar. You might as well argue that “Spirited Away” is a Disney movie because Disney distributed that movie, along with various other Ghibli movies.

  • Joseph Patrick

    I disagree. Book of Life was an original story with creative imagery and tone. Dragon 2 is geek-pandering 2/3rds of the time. Then again, so was Big Hero 6. It’s characters weren’t original, but on a whole, Book of Life ended up to be one of my favorite animated movies this year. Now if I can only see “Tale of Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea.”

  • http://www.doodlesinanimation.blogspot.com Annie T.

    Unfortunately, it’s on the list of “being considered”. It’s clearly not going to get the nomination based on the other contenders and the Academy’s habits, but it made this list.