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Five Nominees for Best Animated Feature?

Oscar contenders
The potential gamechangers in the Oscar race (clockwise from upper left): The Missing Lynx, A Town Called Panic, The Secret of Kells, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

As Jerry pointed out a few weeks ago, the big question for the animated feature Oscar category this year is whether they’ll reach the magic number of sixteen qualifying features, which triggers the five-nominee playing field. Fifteen qualifying features or less results in only three nominees. It will be close. One of the films that entered, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone was recently disqualified on a technicality, and it’s unclear whether all of the other films that have been released this year have entered for qualification. The rules are confusing and just because a film is released theatrically in LA doesn’t automatically qualify it; last year, films like Space Chimps and Star Wars: The Clone Wars didn’t bother to enter, thus limiting the category to three nominees.

A five-nominee field is beginning to look like a real possibility. Director Raul Garcia is currently in the process of qualifying his feature, The Missing Lynx: Paws on the Run, while Disney gave Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure a one-week LA run before its dvd release. Jerry reported yesterday that the French-Belgian co-production A Town Called Panic is moving through the qualification process, and Tomm Moore, director of The Secret of Kells, mentioned on his blog the other day that they’re trying to get the film qualified.

In the eight-year history of the animated feature Oscar, there have been five nominees only once. There’s a good chance that 2009 could be the second time.

  • Man, how sad is it the most appealing looking stuff in that image at the top is all at the right, and the least appealing stuff are the CG entries.

  • I would love to catch a screening of Kells AND Lynx, and would love even more for one of them to be on the nominee roster. Here’s hoping! Good luck to everyone trying to get qualified.

  • As much as the anime-tard in me would have liked Evangelion to get in the line up its better off. Its an anime TV show made into a movie, ugh I think they should limit the catagory and omit films made off of remakes of TV shows.

  • Charles

    they’ll probably just give the award to “Up” anyway.

  • Excited to see “Secret of Kells” get a release in the U.S. I hope it qualifies for the Oscar. What I’ve seen of the film online it looks great.

  • brenden… Tomm moore… end of list

  • Brian

    While I do hope that enough features get screened this year, The Missing Lynx probably doesn’t stand much of a chance of winning. Its pacing and English-dub voice acting are rather flawed. On the positive side, I thought the defeat of the antagonist was clever, and how they didn’t choose cutesy species as characters. The start of the credits has some nice stylistic animation going on and an extra closing scene thrown in midway through for good measure. But the rest… ennnh. I feel no desire to sit through it ever again.

  • Sylvain

    If it’s that close, Disney would be clever to refrain from submiting anything except UP, and so force only 3 nomination. Eliminating 2 potiential competitors in the process. Business is business :)

  • Matt Sullivan

    I said it before, I’ll say it again. The “Best Animated feature” category is an insult. It basically says “You don’t make REAL films” And yeah yeah yeah, I know Beauty and the beast was nominated for Best Picture back in the day, but right after we were saddled with this crap category to avoid competing with lesser quality live-action fare ( I think they’re scared of the things we can do in animation personally )

  • Like every other year, it’ll come down to Disney movie, Pixar movie, and Dreamworks movie. And Pixar will win by default. I wonder if anyone in the Academy even bothers to watch these films. Probably not. They’re only kiddie cartoons, anyway, so who cares?

    Of course, it would help if animation movies would grow up a little, but that’s not very profitable in this country. Cartoons are babysitters and that’s their role in this society.

  • Just watched A Town Called Panic at the Holland Animation Festival and its a definitely a winner in my books!
    I wonder how the English speaking audience will respond to it.

  • Joshua

    Just wondering about something.

    My understanding is that the Academy members are sent a reminder list for Best Picture which consists of the titles, only, of all the eligible films.

    One film which is likely to get a lot of support for Best Picture is the live action musical NINE.

    However, also on that list will be the animated film 9.

    With ten nomination slots available for Best Picture, I could imagine that the animated 9 could get enough votes just due to confusion alone to get nominated in addition to the musical NINE, without even taking into consideration any actual support the animated film may have for Best Picture.

    Or am I wrong about how the list will be formatted for the voters? Will there be anything on the list to differentiate 9 from NINE?

  • Hey all,

    Thanks for the kind words about KELLS! We’ve definitely submitted the film for consideration, and LA-based audiences are welcome to attend the week-long qualifying screening at the AMC Burbank 8 from December 4-10.

    It’s been a fantastic year for animated films, so I think having five spots would be all too appropriate.

    Also, A Town Called Panic is one of my favorite films of the year, and after you see Kells, you should definitely rush to see it as well!

  • Jon Reeves

    Joshua, the reminder list includes the top 50 cast credits as well. See, for example, http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/reminderlist2008_full.html