20 Animated Features in Oscar Race This Year

Start making your predictions now! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that twenty films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category. As we discussed last week on the Brew, this means there will be five nominees in the category for only the second time since the inception of the award. The submitted films 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”

One important note: seven of these films have not yet completed their LA qualifying run: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “The Dolphin — Story of a Dreamer,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Planet 51,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Secret of Kells” and “A Town Called Panic.” Also, there is still the possibility that films will be disqualified from the field if they do not fulfill the category’s requirements. With this many films in the running though, we’re most definitely looking at a five-nominee field this year.

UPDATE: Looks like The Dolphin is playing at the Laemmle Claremont 5 starting December 11 – same theater and week as A Town Called Panic, per Laemmle Theatres website

The Secret of Kells will be at the AMC Burbank 8 December 4-10 at 7 PM, per the Kells Blog.

(Thanks, Jerrett Zaroski)


  • http://thelinknewspaper.com Christopher Olson

    My bet for the nominees:
    Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, The Princess and the Frog and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

    I’m rooting for Coraline for the win though.

  • http://www.tulipthedog.com/ Ketil Bleidin

    I my opinion, there is one more film that shuld be nominated this year: My Dog Tulip. I regard it as a better film than all the films listed above (except for Ponyo). I haven`t seen the films that are yet to be released.

  • squirrel

    I can name a list that’s TWICE the amount they would ever possibly nominate! Ponyo, Up, Coraline, The Princess and the Frog, Ice Age 3, and maybe Monsters vs. Aliens… but that last one I did not see and had no interest in anyway.

  • Trevor

    The five films will be

    Up
    Coraline
    Princess and Frog
    Ponyo
    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Winner:
    Coraline unless Princess and Frog is an absolute sensation

  • TheGunheart

    Monsters Vs. Aliens actually wasn’t has bad as I thought it would be. Heck, I actually LOVED it, even though the trailer completely turned me off.

    Anyway, the one movie that looks a little spotty there is the Chipmunk sequel, seeing how it’s still a live-action movie.

  • Mr. Semaj

    Best Picture Nomination: UP

    Best Animated Feature Nominations: Coraline, Monsters vs. Aliens, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 9, The Princess and the Frog

  • http://www.karrotanimation.com Jamie B

    Here’s rooting for Mary and Max and The Secret of Kells to take those extra two places! It’s certainly a crowded year…

  • Nick

    my wish-list (Meaning what I hope will be nominated) is:

    Up
    Secret of Kells
    Ponyo
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    What will get the nomination:

    Up
    MVA
    Ice Age
    Coraline
    Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Rob

    What’s the percentage of anim to live action to consider a film animated?

    Not that I’m looking for disqualifications, but Alvin and the Chipmunks seems difficult to call ‘animated’ with as much live action as I’m guessing it has.

  • Pete

    Wow, I’d never even heard of that Dolphin movie until this list. Just checked out the teaser. Hooray for tonal incongruence!

    Wish List:
    A Town Called Panic
    Coraline
    Up
    Princess and the Frog
    Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Matt Sullivan

    I think it’ll be between UP and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

  • http://www.tresswygert.blogspot.com Tres Swygert

    Up will be one of the main contenders in this category, as well as Coraline. Either films really deserve the award this year at the Oscars in my opinion…if Coraline wins, I wonder if Laika will bring back Selick. Just a thought.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox could be a contender as well (even though there will be five contestants, I really only see three main contenders out of the whole bunch). And if not Mr. Fox, then Princess and the Frog for sure. 9 not win seeing the storyline was too thin, after so much anticipation for it to be a good movie.

    Here’s hopin’!

  • Zach R.

    Oh no!

    Mary and Max is the best besides UP…but it probably won’t be selected because it’s US release isn’t until after Sundance.

    I really hope it’s picked – AMAZING film! I’ve seen it thrice in the UK and would see it again.

  • http://kateburck.blogspot.com Kate Burck

    I really hope Secret of Kells gets a nomination, though it’s a bit unlikely and I have no idea how good the film is beyond a gorgeous trailer. But I feel that when films that push the design ideas of 2D animation, and even better WIN! (but when does that happen?) It opens the general audiences eyes to ideas beyond Disney and Warner Brothers style, and helps make the American market more receptive to 2D that breaks the mould.
    Well, I can dream.

    I’d put my money on Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, Princess and the Frog, and Mary and Max as a wild card. It’s done so well in festivals I really wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Rob T.

    My guesses for the nominations: Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ponyo, The Princess and the Frog and Up. (Although it’s possible that a more conventionally “family-friendly” film–most likely Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs although Planet 51, Monsters vs. Aliens and the Ice Age movie are all possibilities–will wind up on the ballot in place of Coraline and/or Mr. Fox.)

    There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether Up will make it into the expanded “best picture” line-up, but I don’t think it’ll win that prize even if nominated. On the other hand, considering that five previous Pixar films have been nominated for “best original screenplay”, maybe the sixth time’s the charm?

    What would blow my mind the most would be if The Princess and the Frog won the animated feature Oscar (making director Pete Docter a two-time loser in this category) but Up won for its original screenplay (making Docter the first Pixar auteur to win here). No, I take that back; what would blow my mind the most would be The Princess and the Frog as the winning animated feature, Up as the winning original screenplay, then Fantastic Mr. Fox as the winning adapted screenplay.

  • http://kirbydream.com/ Leirin

    Fantastic Mr. Fox doesn’t interest me. ….That’s not to say it wasn’t a good film, but I’m not interested enough to watch it.

    I’d say the greatest animated films will end up being Up, Ponyo, The Princess and the Frog and Coraline. If I had to pick a fifth I would like for it to be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

  • EatRune

    I’m hoping for UP, Coraline, Princess & The Frog, Ponyo and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    Or maybe Up could go for Best Picture instead, and then add Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? Still would be nice to have 2 traditionally animated movies and 2 stop-motion in there!

    Still, this is great news!

  • Ethan

    The best animation sequences I’ve seen this year were in Ice Age 3, and the best technical expertise was in MVA. Both of these films had major flaws elsewhere so I doubt they have a chance to win. That’s the problem of voting only for a “best overall” film.

    UP is sure to win. It is the biggest “Oscar fodder” I’ve seen yet in animation, so it’s a well planned sure win for them. It’s great and has immense merit, but I’m just observing the application of oscar fodding tricks.

    My favorite overall film remains Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Some minor flaws in story, but the jokes clearly make up for it, and everything else was mindboggingly perfect.

    Of course I haven’t seen Fantastic Fox yet… but if it’s as good as everyone is saying here, it’s a great contender and I’m already rooting for it :)

    I loved Coraline too…

    Oh well I have NO IDEA which one deserve to win, it was an amazingly great year for animation. I only wish they would have let me vote at the Annies…

  • http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=052C631F61EE2838 Iain

    Wish list:
    “Coraline”
    “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    “Mary and Max”
    “The Secret of Kells”
    “Up”

    The what will be list:
    “Coraline”
    “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    “Ponyo”
    “The Princess and the Frog”
    “Up”

    The dark horses:
    “A Christmas Carol”
    “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
    “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
    “Monsters vs. Aliens”
    “9”

    The independents (that probably will stay out of being nominated):
    “Mary and Max”
    “The Missing Lynx”
    “The Secret of Kells”
    “A Town Called Panic”

    The NO-NO-NO list:
    “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
    “Astro Boy”
    “Battle for Terra”
    “Planet 51”
    “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”

  • Grayson

    I think that some of these features shouldn’t be put as options(Alvin and the Chipmunks, Tinker Bell) but I thought that Up was sensational and hope the Princess and the Frog will be as well. I haven’t seen Coraline or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs but can see them being nominated. I will be upset if the academy puts up Ice Age, 9, or Monstors vs. Alliens.

  • http://jtnethery.blogspot.com James N.

    “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”

    I’ll be interested to see if this one can even qualify since most of it, I assume, will be live action.

  • Jason

    My choices would be:

    “Up”
    “Ponyo”
    “Astro Boy” (don’t knock it if you haven’t seen it. Damn good film)
    “Coraline”
    “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”

    The dud list:

    “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – some people seem to think it’s hip because it’s so awful, but I guess I just don’t get it. It looks like stop-motion taxidermy as practiced by Dr. Frankenstein.

    “Ice Age Whatever” – more of the same dopey gags, with a dopey spastic character added in, as if the sloth weren’t bad enough

    “Monsters vs. Aliens” – full of non-jokes and featuring some of the damn ugliest production design my eyeballs have ever been assaulted with. I absolutely hated the thing.

    As for “Princess and the Frog”, I haven’t seen anything but clips, and I can only reserve judgment until I see the whole thing. Frankly, as supportive as I generally am of 2D, this film isn’t interesting me much.

  • http://www.onanimation.com Daniel Caylor

    I say Up or Coraline wins with Ponyo an outside chance. Great films this year.

  • Paul K.

    Why the hate for Fantastic Mr. Fox? Although I don’t recommend comparing it to Coraline, but if you must: Laika may have “better conventional stop-motion animation” but it was fairly straightforward in the story department.

    Here’s my list:

    Up
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Coraline
    Ponyo
    The Princess and the Frog

    Tough call, but Ponyo should get the nod. Well, I have yet to see “Frog” or “Fox” so I really can’t say.

    Wouldn’t it be something if “Up” was nominated for Best Picture as EatRune said– there’s so many great animation features this year, it would be sensible as the Pixar film seems like a sure-thing.

  • Bill Turner

    Ethan, You can still vote for best picture on the Annies if you join ASIFA-Hollywood before November 30th!

    Rob T – Fox as best adapted screenplay? That’s a really great idea! I hope it gets it.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com FloydBishop

    I’m rooting for “Up”, Pixar’s second best film (with “The Incredibles” as their best.)

    In my opinion, sequels and live action hybrids shouldn’t be counted toward the total films needed for the category.

  • Rob T.

    Thanks, Bill! Given that both of Mr. Fox‘s writers have been nominated for writing Oscars (Wes Anderson for The Royal Tenenbaums, Noah Baumbach for The Squid and the Whale), I don’t think a screenplay nomination for their current movie is entirely out of the question.

  • Cameron

    Having seen Ponyo and Up each three times…I’ve gotta root for Ponyo. It’s the more consistently great film, even if it’s ending was underdeveloped (Howl’s Moving Castle had the same problem, but everything up to and including the trip back in time was outstanding, and, here, everything up to the point where Sosuke’s taken into that…bubble thing was great).

    Actually, I’m disappointed that Evangelion 1.0 was disqualified, since that ranks well over most of the films nominated here. I’m also hoping Summer Wars hasn’t been screwed over for next year, since that’s looking real good.

  • Paul N

    Rather than try to handicap this race, I’m going to enjoy the notion that there are *20* films submitted in the feature animation category! That’s simply awesome.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Again. The Best Animated featurew category is an insult to all animators. We need to boycoot this crap and demand animated films be considered for best picture.

  • http://www.animationfestival.ca J. Zaroski

    Rob says: “What’s the percentage of anim to live action to consider a film animated?”

    Interesting idea… Where’s the line that’s drawn in the sand, so that something like ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ doesn’t qualify? What about something like ‘Sin City’? How does special effects factor into this? Any thoughts?

  • Sylvain

    “It looks like stop-motion taxidermy”
    Jason, do you … hmmm… perceive the reference to Vladislav Starevich ?

  • Vincent Alexander

    I don’t suppose it matters very much, considering the Academy has already proven themselves incompetent in every respect before, but it’s kind of fun to talk about, so here’s my two cents: Up, Coraline, Ponyo, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog will probably be the five, with the first two having the greatest chance of winning. Other possibilities might be 9 (which wasn’t too strong in the story department, but deserves a little credit for trying something different) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (a very fun and entertaining movie).

    However, after seeing that trailer for “A Town Called Panic”, I’m kind of rooting for that one getting a nominee. Looks hilarious.

  • http://thedreamerskingdom.org TK

    Coraline will probably win it proving that there’s no such thing as Pixar monopoly. To win 3 years in a row is just too many! Perhaps the Academy can prove that the category isn’t “Best Computer-generated Animated Feature” as nominees for the last 3 years consist of 8 CG and just 1 traditional 2D (Persepolis).

    Then again, this is the best year of animation in a long while with almost all major animation studios (apart from Aardman I think) releasing a film and many films having the merit to win the top award. I could say that whatever got into the final 5 are all winners.

  • Rob T.

    Rob (the other Rob, that is): According to AMPAS’s rules for the category, “…a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.” (See http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule07.html.) So there’s your percentage figure.

    TK: I don’t much care about the form animation takes as long as it’s good, but it’s interesting that except for Up, most of the buzz in this category seems to be for either drawn or stop-motion features. It’s entirely possible that Up itself will be the only CGI feature nominated. (It’s probably not a coincidence that we’re seeing this much non-CGI buzz in a year with so many animated features potentially eligible.)

    Given the Academy’s track record here–I still can’t get over the nomination for Jimmy Neutron the year the category was introduced–it’s also possible that a relatively “arty” non-CGI film favored by posters here will be bumped in favor of something like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. On the other hand, Cloudy is better than some of the “family-friendly” CGI films that have weighed down this category in previous years; I’d be disappointed to see it displace Coraline or Ponyo, but I wouldn’t be scandalized.

  • RODAN

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  • Justin

    Come on, sure Coraline deserves it. Really deserves it. But even more than that, the first minutes of Up, rarely is the movie that compounds that much emotion, let alone that much in that short of time in a single film.

  • Emily

    My vote goes to Coraline or Fantastic Mr. Fox.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    wasn’t there a no-mocap rule? what happened to that? Or was that just rumored?

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com Emmett Goodman

    I guess we should be glad that animated features really rose this past year. Now five nominations. We’ll see how this turns out. Lets just focus on the nominations. Whatever wins, it won’t mean anything afterward. I’m not sure what should win, but I can safely say I don’t think UP should win. It’ll probably get nominated, but I don’t think it holds up to some of the other films.

    The following will probably get the shining nomination.
    PONYO
    UP
    PRINCESS AND THE FROG
    FANTASTIC MR. FOX
    CORALINE

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    I predict the following nominees:
    CORALINE
    FANTASTIC MR.FOX
    PONYO
    THE PRINCESS & THE FROG
    UP

    Winner:either CORALINE or UP.

  • Riza Gilderstern

    The nominees will likely be Up, Coraline, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs, The Princess and the frog will be the wildcard and The Fantastic Mr. Fox if not then maybe Ice Age.

    The winner ought to be Cloudy sadly it’ll end up being Up.
    But this has certainly has been the most interesting year in awhile. I’d be pleasantly surprised if Up didn’t win because both Coraline and Cloudy were so great and something else…ya know?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/animationinventory Teodor

    The Secret of Kells and then Up

  • J

    Ponyo, Coraline, Up, Cloudy, Fantastic Mr Fox

    I think Ponyo easily deserves it most, I was in absolute wonder the whole way through. Coraline too, which for me comes in close second.
    Up was great but a bit inconsistent, boring even in some parts. Cloudy was fun but a bit too simple for a full feature and didn’t really hold my attention beyond the pretty visuals.
    I liked Mr Fox for it’s audacity to be what it is. It was kinda weird, but I dug it.

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com Gagaman

    Darn, quite a lot of variety (a nice balance of CGI, stop motion and hand drawn) and some generally great films amongst them, would love to see Up, Secret of Kells, Ponyo, Princess and the Frog and Coraline scrap it out, but there’s also Mary & Max, Fantastic Mr Fox and Cloudy that I wouldn’t mind being nominated also. Very impressive year all round.

  • http://www.meinardas.lt Meinardas

    My wish list:

    “Coraline”
    “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
    “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
    “The Princess and the Frog”
    “Up”

  • http://www.nofateandrazor.com Razor

    ** In my opinion, sequels and live action hybrids shouldn’t be counted toward the total films needed for the category.**

    OK, I understand the live action hybrid thing… but sequels? Yes, sequels are done to death lately, but not just in animation… and under that rule Toy Story 2 wouldn’t have been viable? Or maybe TS3 next year? … Similarly… would you have excluded Godfather 2 from Best Picture Consideration?

    ****

    Anyhow, I think I go with the conventional wisdom here, seeing Up win the statue, ahead of Frog, Fox, Coraline, and either Cloudy or Ice Age.

  • Eric Graf

    So let’s see … which films on the list HAVEN’T been mentioned in these comments as potential contenders or wish list items?

    Chipmunks (ummm …)
    Battle for Terra (which I thought was pretty good)
    Dolphin (them trailers ain’t exactly promising, are they)
    Lynx (charmingly inept)
    Tinker Bell (thin story but the art direction and music are to die for)

    Congrats to everybody … It’s been one heckuva year in animation. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of it, and I haven’t even seen Princess, Fox, or Panic yet!

  • Inkan1969

    I’m pretty sure that “Ponyo” has a lock on a nomination. It’s a Hayao Miyazaki movie after all. Actually, the movie was warmly received, moreso than “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Of the listed movies that I’ve already seen, this is my pic for the best.

    I’ve heard speculation that “Up” might bet a best picture nom, and so will not get a best animated feature nom. That’s a possibility, though it would be weird to see a film be judged one of the year’s best movies not the same year’s best animated movies. But logic doesn’t really matter in the Oscars, does it? :-) Me, I DON’T buy this scenario. I think “Up” will wind up with a BAF nomination no matter if it’s nominated for Best Picture or not.

    “Coraline” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” were entertaining and original. I think both have good chances at noms. I will not say anything about the movies that have not been released yet. “The Princess and the Frog” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” have their defenders, but I want to see those movies first before I make any call about them. And what about “Planet 51″; isn’t that movie also expected to be pretty good?

    Among the limited release movies, “Mary and Max” and “The Secret of Kells” have gotten a lot of praise, and I think “A Town Called Panic” has gotten some praise, right? It would be cool if one of those limiteds would get a nom. It’s too bad that M&M is going directly to video after its nominal release. I would’ve liked to have seen M&M on the big screen. What are the plans for “The Secret of Kells”? Will it at least have more than a nominal release? That one I’d want to see on the big screen even more.

    I’m betting that the Squeakquel gets disqualified, just like the original movie. And I really don’t think Disney will be making any FYC ad for “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”. :-) Hmm, didn’t “The Haunted World of El SuperBeasto” also get a nominal release? If so, why didn’t it get submitted. And I deeply regret that “Sita Sings the Blues” missed out on a nomination. If it did qualify, I would’ve wanted SStB to win the award.

  • JP

    FOUR stop motion features!!
    (not two)

  • Wes

    Nominee’s prediction:

    Up
    MVA
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Ice Age
    Princess and the Frog

    Against my will I predict the winner will be: UP

    In my opinion, Cloudy is the best feature of the year. However, I don’t think the Academy likes voting for comedies. They’ll vote for a Hollywood produced tear jerker that is light-hearted in some spots.

  • Spike

    I would like to see Up get a best picture nomination, and:

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

    I’m sure it’ll be nothing like that, though.

    And I’m not really so much for boycotting this award. Only Pixar films would get nominated for Best Picture if any, so it would probably just mean that an already acclaimed studio gets more acclaim.

    The Best Foreign Film category, on the other hand…

  • Jerold

    I think the award will go to the company that spends the most money lobbying for it.

  • Ethan

    Oh no Jerold, that NEVER happens in hollywood :)

  • Ethan

    “Ethan, You can still vote for best picture on the Annies if you join ASIFA-Hollywood before November 30th!”

    Mr Turner, this is awkward, to say the least. I gave 200 to asifa-hollywood and the animation archive this year. I am an international member and cannot take advantage of my membership in any way, not even tax deduction. All I get is a right to vote at the Annies. I am not rich, 200 is a lot of money for me. I was lured by this text on your website:

    “The Annies are dedicated to honoring the best animated films of the year, as well as recognizing individual achievement. All members of ASIFA-Hollywood may vote for the winners.”

    Individual Achievements. All Members.

    Your organisation never answered to my emails. All I asked is to know the reason for preventing us from voting in the categories that matter (individual achievements).

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I’m pretty sure Up will win, but I dont’ know which will be the other nominations.

    Maybe The Princess and The Frog or …I don’t know, Coraline would have a chance.

    Cloudy, Fox and Astro Boy haven’t aired in Spain yet. I predict I will love the first one. Mary and Max looks like a fantastic film too.

    I really liked Up, but Coraline has grown on me on second viewing. The visuals are superb and the story is a little odd and underexplained but that’s not so bad, it’s good to let some things open to imagination.

    Like most of the Miyazaki’s films I’ve seen Ponyo is a mixed bag, some scenes are superb but the overall story seems to lose its strength towards the end.

  • Jason

    I just read over at Box Office Mojo that Astro Boy’s box office take on Wednesday surged 380%:

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/

    That is, frankly, staggering. Could the word finally be getting out about this little gem of a film? Even given that yesterday was Veteran’s Day, with a lot of kids out of school, that’s a pretty impressive comeback.

  • BitterCat

    I’d like to see 9 get a nomination if only to have something dark and brooding get a nod at that level. And Coraline because I love me some stop motion- big Robot Chicken fan here. I even like Titan Maximum.

  • droosan

    Inkan1969, THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO was screened theatrically, but for one night only.

    IIRC, a movie must be screened for at least a full week (at least in L.A.) in order to qualify for Oscar consideration.

  • Randy

    I think Astro Boy isn’t on a lot of lists because nobody saw it. My list would be:

    Up
    Coraline
    Cloudy
    Mary and Max
    Astro Boy

  • Robert Reynolds

    Since the nominations will be determined by Ampas members, if there are five nominees, I suspect the field will look like this:

    Up
    Coraline
    Ponyo

    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    9

    The “dark horse” is A Christmas Carol