The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced this afternoon that 19 animated features have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature Film Oscar this year. This field of contenders will be whittled down to between three to five nominees on January 16, 2014. In addition to the already familiar American features, the list includes films from France, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Japan and Brazil.
- Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs 2
- The Croods
- Despicable Me 2
- Ernest and Celestine (Watch trailer)
- The Fake (Watch trailer)
- Free Birds
- Khumba (Watch trailer)
- The Legend of Sarila (Watch trailer)
- A Letter to Momo (Watch trailer)
- Monsters University
- O Apóstolo (Watch trailer)
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion (Watch trailer)
- Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury (Watch trailer)
- The Smurfs 2
- The Wind Rises
The Academy also notes that:
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.