For Your Consideration

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the names of the 12 films submitted (and potentially qualified) for a Best Animated Feature Film award this year.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks�
“Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters�
“Bee Movie�
“Beowulf�
“Meet the Robinsons�
“Persepolis�
“Ratatouille�
“Shrek the Third�
“The Simpsons Movie�
“Surf’s Up�
“Tekkonkinkreet�
“TMNT�

Only three will be nominated. Care to take any guesses?


  • Mr. Semaj

    Meet the Robinsons
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    Winner: Ratatouille

  • http://www.sewardstreet.com Jim

    Beowulf
    Ratatouille
    Simpsons

    Ratatouille for the win. If not, I move to the midwest and open a fruit stand.

  • Tom Pope

    Ratatouille. The Simpsons. Persepolis.

    Winner: Ratatouille.

  • http://www.threeprong.net :: smo ::

    although i’m not sure how good of a chance it has, i would LOVE to see “Persepolisâ€? up there. other than that my guesses would be Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie.

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    winner: Persepolis

  • Dean Forrest

    If the Chipmunk movie wins, we can all go ice skating in hell.

  • http://www.davipalooza.blogspot.com David

    I would like to see:
    Ratatouille
    Surf’s Up
    Persepolis

    What will probably happen is:
    Bee Movie
    Beowulf
    Ratatouille

    After Happy Feet winning last year, I don’t have much confidence that the academy will do the right thing.

  • Jay

    Ratatouille
    Beowulf
    Persepolis (or Simpsons Movie…)

    Winner: Ratatouille

  • Pedro Nakama

    NONE OF THE ABOVE

    That’s what I always write on my Academy Ballot!

  • Ed

    Surely that dung eating fetish movie ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ is gonna win the Oscar isn’t it?….hello, anyone there? – NURSE THE SCREENS!!!!………

  • http://www.mukpuddy.blogspot.com Mukpuddy

    If Alvin and the Chipmunks is up for it why isn’t somthing like Spiderman 3? WTF!

    Surf’s Up
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    Winner: Ratatouille

  • http://segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    “Persepolis�
    “Ratatouille�
    “Surf’s Up�

    I agree with Mr. Semaj, the Winner: Ratatouille

  • http://zekeyspaceylizard.blogspot.com Zekey

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force
    Beowulf
    Alvin and the Chipmunks

    Winner: Beowulf

  • mawnck

    Ratatouille, Persepolis, Surf’s Up

    Prsepolis wins. Animation geeks and Disney/PIXAR junkies (none of whom have seen it) are furious, but public refuses to panic.

    Oh, and both Beowulf and the Chipmunks thing are declared ineligible under the new rules.

  • http://www.husbandlaw.com Paul Husband

    Ratatouille;
    Persopolis;

    plus one from among Beowulf; Meet the Robinsons; Shrek the Third and The Simpsons Movie.

  • http://www.redeyemonster.com Jeff Brame

    This is a no-brainer:

    RATATOUILLE

  • http://cleverdogproductions.blogspot.com Bonnie

    I’m amazed that this years 12 possible options of the best films for 2007 includes ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’

    It’s a sad sad world in which we live…

  • http://crinkum-crankum.blogspot.com/ Brandon Waltman

    i would love to see Tekkonkinkreet get nominated but i doubt that will happen. i don’t know if the academy nominates that many foreign films for best animated feature or not but from what i’ve seen and remember from the past is that its normally big hollywood studios that usually get nominated. it should win in my opinion.

    Ratatouille
    Beowulf
    Bee Movie

    winner: Ratatouille

  • http://none Dan

    Surf’s up, Ratatouille, Beowulf (I haven’t seen it yet)

    Winner: Surf’s up…Was extremely well animated, the water was beautiful, mockumentary style of filming was new and fresh, great characters and character designs, Extremely entertaining.

    Runner Up: As much as I enjoyed Ratatouille the story structure is something that most of us can expect from Pixar. The animation is out of this world. The acting choices the animators made are genius, I could watch ratatouille with the sound off just too enjoy the animation. It is a great movie but just doesn’t have the appeal that Surf’s Up did.

    Third: I have yet to see Beowulf, but it seems like it would get an award just because they tried to make it so realistic.

    If I had to make another guess to replace Beowulf I would have to say The Simpson’s movie. Don’t really have a reason.

  • http://cleverdogproductions.blogspot.com Bonnie

    Oh yeah, the three…

    Tekkonkinkreet
    Simpsons
    Persepolis

    right, there isn’t anything else there… the rest is less than inspiring and don’t really do anything new (ok, the simpsons have been going for close to 20 years, they still rock!)

  • http://www.kandaz.com kasap

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    Tekkon kinkreet

    winner: Persepolis

  • red pill junkie

    Rattatouille,
    Simpsons,
    Persepolis.

    Winner? Duh! Rattatouille :-)

  • Animation Pimp

    Persepolis should win hands down, which is why it won’t cause Academy voters are, primarily, tool lovers.

  • http://www.starfieldcreations.com awd!

    If Beowolf wins, I’m unleashing the robots.

  • Jorge Garrido

    Ratatouille should win, but then again, Happy Feet won last year…

  • Kelly Tindall

    Isn’t Ratatouille the best-reviewed movie of the year? Shouldn’t that go towards qualifying it for Best Picture? Not just Best Animated, but Best Picture?

    The ghettoization of animation is complete.

  • EatRune

    Ratatouille and the Simpsons movie . . . I haven’t seen any of the others, I wish “Paprika” was an option.

    How can Alvin and the Chimpunks even be considered?

  • http://www.adrian-vom-baur.de Adrian

    - Ratatouille
    - Persepolis
    - Beowulf or Simpsons

    I think Ratatouille should win but I have yet to see Persepolis and Beowulf so I reserve judgement for now.

  • http://hannywanny.blogspot.com/ Hannah

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    and really either between Surf’s Up or Simpsons for the 3rd slot

    And I’ll be rooting Ratatouille all the way. But I won’t be complaining if Perspolis wins. (I haven’t seen Surf’s Up to have an opinion of it yet)
    Just as long as a mocap doesn’t win again, I think I’ll be okay.

  • http://theseaofwakingdreams.blogspot.com/ the_anim8r

    Ratatouille
    Meet The Robinsons (Wishful thinking though)
    Persepolis

    Winner…Ratatouille!
    Though i have a soft corner for MTR and i would love for it to win! But Ratatouille is hard to beat with its overall amazing production quality.

  • http://coffeeandtv.net Tony

    My vote goes for these three:

    “Ratatouille�
    “Surf’s Up�
    “Tekkonkinkreet�

    And I have yet to see Persepolis, but it’s probably up there, too.

    Ratatouille will win, but I’d be very pleased to see either Tekkonkinkreet or Surfs Up to receive it.

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tim Drage

    I’m guesing Ratatouille, (how could they not?) The Simpsons Movie, (it’s the simpsons!!) and Persepolis (token worthy and political option).

    Tekkon Kinkreet would be nice, but I doubt it….

  • Chuck R.

    Simpsons
    Beowulf
    Ratatouille

    Jessica Simpson is selected to present the award, and can’t read “Ratatouille” from the card, so she blurts out the only name she can pronounce. The Academy in order to save her from humiliation, lets the announcement stand.

    the winner:
    The Simpsons.

  • http://animateriales.blogspot.com/ Mig

    Persepolis hope it wins
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

  • Zubby

    The nominations:
    “Bee Movie�
    “Ratatouille�
    “The Simpsons Movie�

    The winner:
    “Ratatouille�

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    I would hopefully think Ratatouille & Persepolis were the two definite nominees on the list, with the third choice being a bit more difficult to choose. The Simpsons Movie would be the easiest choice out of the bunch, though.

    As for films like TMNT, Chipmunks, Surf’s Up, Robinsons & Shrek the Third… I’d think they are less possible choices (with ATHF being the bottom). Since I have no clue what Tekkonkinkreet is, I can’t say anything about it. I can’t possibly vote for Beowulf, ever since last years Happy Feet SNAFU.

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

    Ratatouille
    Persepolis
    The Simpsons Movie

    I will go for either Persepolis or Ratatouille. They are more original than the Simpsons Movie. I would like to see TEKKONKINKREET nominated, but I have a shaky feeling about that. We are talking about an elitist film society.

  • Danielle

    EatRune: I think Paprika made the qualification list last year (correct me if I’m wrong).

    - Ratatouille
    - Persepolis
    - Simpsons

    Winner: Persepolis

  • Bugsmer

    Ratatouille
    Bee Movie
    Beowulf

  • http://tstazer.www4.50megs.com Tom

    Bee Movie
    Beowulf
    Ratatoille

    Winner – Bee Movie so they can have Seinfeld on stage. They don’t want to favor Pixar, and Beowulf is a video game, the 80-year old youngsters on the board won’t vote for that! The only reason that Happy Feet got the nod was penguins, penguins, penguins!

  • http://lepetitcoindekeiko.blogspot.com louis

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    Tekkon kinkreet

    i am hoping the winner will be: Persepolis

  • John F

    What I would like to see chosen:
    Ratatouille
    Tekkonkinkreet
    Persepolis

    What I bet is going to be chosen:
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie
    Beowulf or Bee Movie

    What I really hope isn’t going to be chosen:
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters
    Alvin and The Chipmunks
    Beowulf

  • Bry Bry

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    My vote is Persepolis, but I have a feeling it will be Rataouille

  • Zep

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    Surf’s Up or (more likely) Simpsons

    Persepolis should almost certainly win, given the tastes of the membership.

    Does anyone know why the Academy rules allow for no more than 3 in this category?

  • purin

    Alvin and the Chipmunks? It’s a live action film with three animated main characters in it. Now, I don’t remember these things, but did any Harry Potter movies count for best animated film for Dobby or Buckbeak? As for Beowulf, it’s not really breaking new ground, is it? We’ve done the realistic human completely computer movie before (though not using the actors’ image). That was Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which bombed because… of STORY! I’m the one person in the world who liked it, but I know it wasn’t enough of a Final Fantasy. Since it’s not the first it ideally should be judged more on its content than its looks.

    Hopefully the content of the movies will count for something. This could mean that Bee Movie wins for funniness (haven’t seen it yet, but if you’re laughing you’re not exactly caring about the design of a film). Beowulf is probably amazing in 3D on a big screen, but, from the clips, it looks really boring when it’s not at its most exciting. Persepolis is the kind of movie that would catch critics’ eye for its story. Simpsons is the crowd pleaser that everyone knows.

    I think Ratatouille deserves the award for not only looking good, but for being a good movie as a whole.

  • Bill

    Ok, if Arthur and the Invisibles didn’t qualify for an animated feature, Beowulf sure as hell better not either…

    Ratatouille
    Meet the Robinsons
    Simpsons

    Ratatouille for the win.

  • mawnck

    Paprika was eligible, but not nominated, last year.

    The reason I think Persepolis is gonna take it where other artsy films have failed is that it has the added advantage of political cache. I mean, how wonderfully Hollywood-open-minded is it to vote for a terribly personal animated film by a liberated, funny and sarcastic Muslim woman? Why, it makes me feel better about myself just thinking about voting for it!

    Also, it deserves to win, being a better movie than Ratatouille, but we all know how that goes.

  • Tube Socks McGee

    Persepolis, Ratatouille, Beowulf.

    I’d be happy if any of the three win. All equally deserving. Say what you want about mo-cap but Beowulf kicks ass.

  • Alberto

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    Tekkonkinkreet

    I’m being optomistic, though. If Alvin and the Chipmunks is nominated my respect for the academy will drop even lower.

    Ratatouille will win fer’ sho’ I wasn’t even aware that Persepolis and Tekkonkinkreet was out of the festival circut and already on the American screens, i’ll have to look into that.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto González

    Ratatouille, Persepolis and The Simpsons Movie if I had to choose, but maybe they won’t take Persepolis as it’s already nominated in the foreign movie cathegory which I think it will win. So maybe the third place will be for Shrek The Third, Surf’s Up or Bee Movie. Or, if they have a really bad taste, Beowulf.

    I’ll probably give the prize to Persepolis, but I think Ratatouille is going to win.

  • http://hypem.com/ Paul K.

    “Persepolis�
    “Ratatouille�
    “Tekkonkinkreet�

    and … Ratatouille with the win!

    Mostly because Persepolis and Tekkonkinkreet are adaptations, I would argue that their printed counterparts are more engaging. Tekkonkinkreet is an awesome and thoughtful piece of cinema though….

    Oh yeah, thanks for bringing up “Paprikaâ€? … (I gotta see that)– the trailer alone should qualify it for an academy award in comparison to Shrek, Surf, and Bee Movie…

  • Andrew

    Ratatouille’s a shoe-in.

    Meet the Robinsons may get nominated, but it just BARELY makes it past The Simpsons Movie or Shrek The Third.

    My guilty hope is Paprika, even though I have a feeling it won’t get nominated.

  • Anne

    Come on, Persepolis!!!

    But even if it was Ratatouille….I’d settle for that.

  • http://www.bobharper.net Bob Harper

    Bee Movie
    Beowulf
    Simpsons

    Winner = Simpsons

  • http://www.jessica-plummer.com Jessica Plummer

    No guesses…but I’m just glad that Tekkonkinkreet is recognized up there, along with Persepolis and Ratatouille. I’m going to ignore the rest (save for The Simpson’s Movie).

  • http://www.girlamatic.com/comics/jeepers.php Andre

    I’d have to go with…..

    TekkonKinkreet
    Ratatouille
    Shrek the Third [to confuse and befuddle us, like when Monster House got nominated. The others will be left in the wind, sadly. Though I kind of liked Shrek the Third.... you could also insert The Bee Movie or Surf's Up in there]

    I’m gonna pick Ratatouille to win.

    I also predict that Persepolis will get nominated for Best Foreign Film [isn't it one of France's entries?]

  • Sorry Guys

    I hate motion capture but I have no doubt that Beowulf will win. It is not animation and it shouldn’t be on the list, I worked on Beowulf and I don’t even consider it animation. Ratatouille is the obvious should win. No, it’s going to win because the Academy votes politically.

    The more live action you make a film the more they’d support it. It’s not just animators who vote, mostly it’s actors and directors of live action films. They don’t even see the films before they vote. Tony Curtis admitted that to the press. The fact that he got to keep his membership after that is beyond me. I have no doubt that most of the people who voted for Happy Feet had never seen the film.

    Beowulf is going to win, not because it deserves to win, it has more of the politics behind it. The only way it wont win is if it has a bad box office, and that’s not going to happen.

    BTW Kelly Tindall, the Academy created the category so that animated pictures wouldn’t compete against live action pictures for Best Picture.

  • David

    Why only 3 can be nominated ? How’s that make sense ?

    That said , here are the ones that should be nominated :

    “Persepolis�
    “Ratatouille�
    “Surf’s Upâ€?

    The all-around excellent Ratatouille is the obvious choice , but I would definitely cheer too if the 2D underdog Persepolis got the nod.
    Surf’s Up was ignored at the box-office but was well made and deserves a nomination.

    Ratatouille should be in the Best Picture group of 5 nominations.
    I guess Beauty and the Beast’s nomination scared ‘em so bad that they made sure that would never happen again .

  • http://playlist.citr.ca/podcasting/xml/laughtracks.xml Kliph

    I don’t know who will be nominated or who will win, but I do know one thing. I plan on remaking Persepolis using Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • Don

    People! Why even pretend?

    We all know that the academy is going pick Beowolf because it’s new fangled technology. They don’t give a shit about story or artistic integrity.

    After the Happy Feet fiasco, it’s a no brainer.

  • http://www.davemackey.com Dave Mackey

    Simpsons, Ratatouille, Surf’s Up.

    And the Oscar goes to… Ratatouille.

  • Chuck R.

    Okay, stupid question. Everyone is rooting for Persepolis —have all of you seen it? It’s been released in Europe and various festivals, but doesn’t go wide in the US until December.

    It has been entered for Best Foreign Film. Can it get nominated for both categories? I think last year, Michael Moore’s Farenheit 911 was disqualified for Best Picture because it was entered as a docu.

    Also, for those who think artsy or Foreign films don’t have a chance, there was Spirited Away in 2002, and it beat Lilo and Stitch. the Triplets of Belleville was nominated the following year. I agree that the Academy doesn’t know jack about animation, making this the hardest category to predict.

  • Greg Chenoweth

    I wouldlike to see the following films nominated:

    Simpsons
    Ratatouille
    Meet The Robinsons

    I hope Ratatouille wins the Oscar. Brad Bird is the most brilliant director in animation today.

    Under no circumstances should “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” or “Beowulf” be nominated.

  • http://platynews.deviantart.com/ Platy

    whatever wins from Rattatoille, TekkonKinkreet or Persepolis is an awesome win for me =D

    …but will probably be something crap and more “hollywoody” like beowulf

  • Pete

    Does anyone know how films are submitted to the Academy? Is it done
    by the filmmakers? Does a film have to have a certain level of distribution to qualify?

  • http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/ Niffiwan

    If “One Night in One City” were submitted, I would’ve been rooting for that film.
    http://www.jednenoci.cz/indexen.html

    It’s like this year’s “The Triplets of Belleville”, only a lot darker.

    As it is, though, probably something like
    -”Ratatouille” (the most likely choice, and not too bad)
    -”The Simpsons Movie” (I hope this doesn’t win, I didn’t like it that much)
    -”Persepolis” (I haven’t seen this yet)

    I haven’t seen “Tekkonkinkreet” yet either. Since it’s from the same people who made “Mind Game”, it could be good.

  • http://www.micahtoons.com Micah Baker

    Nominees:
    – Tekkonkinkreet
    – The Simpsons Movie
    – Persepolis

    And the award goes to:
    – TEKKONKINKREET!!

    Well, I hope so. Robinsons was fun but not oscar material. I think the world has had enough of pixar for a while. We all know they move pixels around real nice-like and they are fairly engaging most of the time. Let’s let them really work for our affection now. Thank you.

    Beowulf should stop getting pissed on by the hoity toitys in the cartoon world. Jah, it looks like bad news. Get off the cross and use the wood to build a bridge and get over it.

    Well, I’ll see you at the oscars. I’m going to be sitting next to Keira Knightley with a Woody–speaking of pixar.

  • mawnck

    The number of nominees is determined by the number of eligible movies. If it’s 8 to 15, then there are three nominees. 16 and up (which has only happened once) gets 5.

    Submissions in this category *can* be nominated for other awards as well, including Best Picture.

    The complete rules can be found here:
    http://www.oscars.org/80academyawards/rules/rule07.html

    Your special attention is called to the following:

    “An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture of at least 70 minutes in running time, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. In addition, 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.”

    The submitted movies still could be declared ineligible under this requirement. It’s happened before (last year, at the last minute, to Arthur and the Invisibles). The “frame-by-frame technique” part was added this year, and might knock Beowulf out of the running.

    If you haven’t seen it, Tekkonkinkreet is out on DVD. But you’re dreaming if you expect it to be nominated. Far better anime features have been snubbed in past years. Just ask Satoshi Kon.

  • Jayster

    “Ratatouille�
    “Shrek the Third�
    “The Simpsons Movie�

    That’s what I figure. I’m thinking the Simpsons might win, but ultimately it doesn’t matter who wins.

    I’m doubting that Beowulf’s gonna be nominated, it’s too akward to be considered a nomination with the number of other successful completely animated films like the one’s above. Also Alvin is poo poo, Surf’s Up might be nominated (a little too “regular” animal film if ya’ ask me, and I know ya’ aren’t).

    “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters�
    No chance.

    “Bee Movie�
    Maybe. A high contender.

    “Meet the Robinsons�
    Maybe, probably not.

    “Persepolis�
    I’m thinking too many successful American movies out.

    “TMNT�
    Nah, a fluff kind of film.

  • crapjuice

    My ideal:

    Ratatouille
    Persepolis
    Tekkon Kinkreet

    Winner: Persepolis.

    Not gonna happen.

    Most likely:

    Ratatouille
    Simpsons movie (heh, let’s pay hommage to a series nearing it’s 20th season)
    and either Surf’s Up (mandatory Dreamworks film) or Persepolis (actually has great story and believable characters, it’s pretty hard to ignore it considering all the success it’s had so far.)

    Winner: Ratatouille

  • http://dtoons-pro.com Alex Dudley

    Ratatouille wins hands down. It’s a shoo-in.
    Persepolis and Tekkon Kinkreet should get nominated but I think the academy will overlook it like they did with other limited-release animated movies over the years.

  • Kris

    I expect Pixar and Dreamworks to both be represented. Not sure which Dreamworks film but I’d prefer it be Bee Movie (hey, I just like Seinfeld).

    For the third pick, either Simpsons Movie or Persepolis, depending on the mood of the folks doing the nominating.

    I think Ratatouille will probably win though.

  • JG

    Persepolis
    Ratatouille
    Tekkonkinkreet

    Winner: Ratatouille.

    I see these three as equal in quality/value (with very different kinds of values; which is best depends on the viewpoint alot), but Ratatouille will win. It can’t happen otherwise.

    (That or they’ll flunk and choose “Alvin and the chipmunks”, because it has most live action…)

  • Dave

    What I think will get nominated:
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie
    Bee Movie

    What I think should get nominated:
    Ratatouille
    Persepolis
    TekkonKinkreet

    What I think will win:
    Ratatouille

    So anyone know the longlist for animated shorts?

  • c.tower

    I always root for films based on the possible acceptance speeches; I guess that would be ATHF- mostly because I can see some jerk dressed in a Shake costume going up and insulting the audience.

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Persepolis

  • Jay

    Kelly Tindall: Ratatouille IS eligible for Best Picture. This isn’t a list of nominees for Best Animated Feature, it’s a list of the eligible films submitted. As one of the best reviewed movies of the year, I guarantee Pixar/Disney are pushing hard for a Best Picture nom.

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tim Drage

    Yep, like mawnck said it’s highly unlikely Tekkonkinkreet will get nominated… Tho maybe politically speaking it may have the edge on previous criminally overlooked anime in that the director, Michael Arias, is American!

    Anyway regardless of it’s nomination, everyone here who said they hadn’t heard of it should go rent it asap! It’s good.

  • http://musingsofachick.blogspot.com sudiegirl

    I’d like to see “The Simpsons” win an Oscar…but Homer might try to eat it b/c he thinks there’s chocolate inside.

    mmmm…Oscar

  • Andrew

    “Well, I hope so. Robinsons was fun but not oscar material. I think the world has had enough of pixar for a while. We all know they move pixels around real nice-like and they are fairly engaging most of the time. Let’s let them really work for our affection now.”

    FYI, Robinsons is pure Disney. It’s considered a successor to Chicken Little. Pixar had nothing to do with it.

    Just realized while posting my last post that this list is the OFFICIAL list for consideration. So my thoughts on Paprika were unnecessary.

  • http://www.myspace.com/steffromuk KumKum

    my guess is:
    Ratatouille
    Persepolis
    Tekkon Kinkreet

    Obviously Ratatouille is more than sure to be the winner.
    Persepolis is also selected for the best foreign movie and I think it has more chance to win in this cathegory even it’s a great traditionnal piece of work…

  • Steve G

    Andrew, just FYI Paprika was up for nomination LAST year and despite my high marks didn’t make the cut.
    It’s a shame the guys in Germany couldn’t get 3 Robbers qualified in time. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to be on the nomination committee.

    Despite all the complaining I understand why Beowulf qualifies, but I haven’t a clue why Alvin does. Garfield never made the grade and I assume Underdog is every bit as animated as Alvin. But since I saw none of these (for good reasons, obviously) I can’t be certain. But if Alvin gets cut and not replaced with some other film does the category go away for the year?

  • Steve G

    Never mind…did some quick research …8 films are necessary to activate the category.

  • http://www.spiteyourface.com Tony Mines

    The Oscars are purely political, so the question of selection really boils down to where you think their politics lie and, more importantly, how astute you think the Academy are.

    Persepolis
    Beowulf
    Ratatouille

    Ratatouille wins.

    Ratatouille will win, guaranteed. because the most important political statement that Hollywood can make about animation this year is ‘welcome back Pixar, we still love ya. Please validate our industry’.

    Beowulf will be nominated but not win, because Hollywood WANTS the great mo-cap experiment to work and replace real cinema, but it knows that audiences are divided. It especially wont let it win in the year of an actors strike. Too Soon!

    Persepolis will also be nominated but not win, because no one in their right mind would have the balls to NOT nominate it, given the subject matter.

    So unless the Academy are just really off the boil. That’s your line up.

  • joecab

    Wow, who would believe we’d have a tough call this year?

    Persepolis seems more of a Foreign Film nominee, so I say:

    Ratatouille *WINNER*
    The Simpsons Movie
    Shrek the Third

    And if Shrek wins, I am gonna PLOTZ. In the bad way.

  • Steve Gattuso

    Ideal set:

    Ratatouille
    Persepolis
    Surf’s Up!

    More likely:

    Ratatouille
    Simpsons
    Shrek the Third

    Either way, Brad Bird better get that little naked gold guy or there will be hell to pay.

  • http://linocoria.com Lino Coria

    I’ll be happy if the Oscar goes to either Persepolis or Ratatouille.

  • Chuck

    Ratatouille
    Simpsons
    Shrek the Third

    Ratatouille will win

    FYI: Persepolis is France’s nomine for Foreign Language Film so I could see it get a nomination and *hopefully* win in that category, not that I have any clue what it would be up against.

  • Bill5925

    Ratatouille (winner)
    Surf’s Up (very good but not in same class)
    Simpson’s Movie (or Persepolis because everyone knows foreign movies are better. Right?)

  • http://torontoanimation.blogspot.com TempleDog

    Persepolis better get the nod, no offense to Brad Bird and the Pixar peoples. Damn fine film, damn important, and if it gets overlooked I’m going to verbally park my foot up somebody’s ass. ’nuff said.

  • http://www.jeandenis.net Jean-Denis Haas

    I can’t believe how many people think that Ratatouille is going to win. It’s the Oscars! The Simpsons will win because it’s like a “lifetime achievement” award.

  • http://blog.al.com/nightlife Matt

    I think Tony Mines (above) is right on the money as to the reasons why Ratatouille, Beowulf, and Persepolis will get the nominations. I think Surf’s Up is deserving, but after Happy Feet (and March of the Penguins for documentary) I can’t see another penguin movie even making it onto the ballot — people assume it’s a knock-off. Even Academy voters should be able to see through Beowulf’s non-animation, so I think Ratatoullie has it tied up. I would love to see it get recognized in the Best Picture category as well, but I fear David (above) is right: Beauty & the Beast’s nomination scared them from ever letting that happen again.

    As for Chuck R.’s point about Fahrenheit 9/11, it was disqualified from the Best Documentary race (not the Best Picture Race) because it aired on TV before the end of the year. Moore took this into consideration and chose to go ahead with the broadcast anyway, wanting to have it air before the elections. The movie was submitted for consideration in the Best Picture category, but it did not receive a nomination.

  • Steve G

    Good theory Tony Mines, but that’s not how the process of nominations work.
    Each film is judged and rated on its own merits and then those numbers are then added up. So assuming that the nominating committee has an agenda and a ploitical slant that will encompass everyone’s vote is wrong.
    10 low scores could screw up a film’s chances or 10 good scores could raise a long shot’s chances. I was at the Happy Feet screening and seem to recall that the audience walked out feeling like they’d actually seen something – right or wrong.
    The big problem is that only 3 films can be nominated.

  • Jen

    I think we can expect to see Persepolis because of the huge festival buzz and the talk of France submitting it as their best foreign film entry. Since the Academy can only seem to handle one foreign/artsy animated film at a time, that would boot Tekkonkinkreet.

    Ratatouille is a given because of the critical and box office reception.

    Who takes the third spot is anyone’s guess, but I suspect it will go to whoever bothers to launch a good ad campaign. I’d say Beowulf or The Simpsons are the most likely contenders.

  • Jamie B

    I know I’m in the minority, but I love love love Meet the Robinsons – it’s such an ambitious film with a really human core. It excited me more than Ratatouille, however accomplished that was, because of it’s playful structure and cracking message; I really hope it gets a nomination so that more people check it out…

    A Ratatouille, Persepolis, Meet the Robinsons would please me, based on what I’ve seen… (still haven’t seen Surf’s Up or Tekkonkinkreet, but heard strong thngs about both)

  • Greg Ehrbar

    Bazooka Joe: The First Blow (oh wait, that’s NEXT year nominee)

  • http://www.micahtoons.com Micah Baker

    “FYI, Robinsons is pure Disney. It’s considered a successor to Chicken Little. Pixar had nothing to do with it.”

    Ah yes, bad formatting on my part. I am very aware that Robinsons was Disney. Sorry for the formating error and thanks for taking the time to reply.

  • http://enricocasarosa.com/wordpress.1 enrico casarosa

    I’d like to see nominated

    Persepolis
    TekkonKinkreet
    and Ratatouille

    Haven’t seen Persepolis yet but I can’t wait.
    Tekkon deserves some recognition …

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_qD-RBMpu4 IKR

    I wish the Oscars would do 5 nominations again for Animated Features, I’m getting sick of that stupid 3 nomination rule. And I think Beowulf is not an animated movie (look at Jerry’s blog thingy to see his opinions), It’s just live action with actors infront of make belive enviorments covered with dots on their suits to make them look CGI. And last four real quick: Persepolis is better at winning and being nominated for Best Forigen Film; Shrek the Third is NEVER gonna get nominated; anyone who suggested the idea of sumitting Alvin and the Chipmunks is mentally and sight disabled; and Teloknine–blah blah blah is just a Japanese film released Direct-to-Video in North America. Anyway here’s what I think:

    If they go with 5 nominations:
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
    Bee Movie
    Meet the Robinsons
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    Runner-Up: Ratatouille
    Winner: The Simpsons Movie (or Aqua Teen Hunger Force)

    If not:
    Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (or Bee Movie)
    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie

    Runner-Up: Ratatouille
    Winner: The Simpsons Movie (or Aqua Teen Hunger Force)

  • Robert Reynolds

    Nominees:

    Ratatoullie
    Shrek the Third
    The Simpsons Movie

    Though Persepolis might get nominated, I’m inclined to think it will get nominated as a FLF instead. Meet the Robinsons might beat out Shrek, but I don’t think that will happen.

    Winner:

    Ratatoullie

  • AmPhotog

    “Ratatouilleâ€?
    “Shrek the Third�
    “The Simpsons Movie�

    The winner will be decided on the basis of whether the academy voters saw any of these movies with their children, which means Shrek.

  • Meisner

    “Bazooka Joe: The First Blow (oh wait, that’s NEXT year nominee)”

    OMG, That’s brilliant!
    Mr Ehrbar, are you tired of your current job? I have some friends that would like to speak with you.

  • Guille

    My choice:

    - Ratatouille (FTW)
    - A Scanner Darkly
    - Persepolis
    - Paprika

    What would probably happen:

    - Ratatouille
    - Beowulf
    - The Simpsons Movie
    - (And/or) Persepolis

  • IKR

    Well here’s something for the commenters who are voting for Shrek to get in the nominations: Shrek the Third does have a few laughs, but it’s not enough original ones to make it up from the first two. Shrek has turned into a cuddly monster, Justin Timberlake as Arthur is terrible and should have been Minami Takayama (she speaks english; see Conan episode 239 to see why) or Ewan McGregor as him, and Prince Charming’s end to him is a cliche of a tall thing crushing him.

    For the people who are asking for Persepolis to be nominated in the category: It could do well in the Forigen Language Film category. I mean, I saw this at Vancouver Film Festival and it IS amazing, but I just don’t see this getting nominated for Best Animated Feature after all these big shots coming in and the new thing about animated features can get nominated for any other catagory including Best Picture.

    Now for Beowulf and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Beowulf I can see that it’s motion capture geniusness though it is basicly live action in a sound stage with actors filled with dotted suits to make them CGI in the movie. Probably for Alvin and the Chipmunks, I guess the people who thought it was a good idea for it to get into the entry list might have been on drugs!

    Overall, Persepolis and Beowulf would do better in the other catagories, and Alvin and Shrek 3 (compare Shrek 3 to Bee Movie) will never get nominated.

  • http://www.stupixanimation.com Jonathan Lyons

    Ratatouille
    The Simpsons Movie
    Beowulf

    I haven’t seen Persepolis, and it may well deserve to be there, but I doubt it will have enough presence in Hollywood to get nominated.

    I also doubt the Simpsons will win. It’s TV, and will suffer for that.

    Ratatouille is an amazing accomplishment, but Pixar has reached saturation level, and the suggestion of reduced box office will hurt.

    Beowulf has Zemeckis, and Imagemovers currently straddling 2 major studios, Sony, where Beowulf was made and Disney, who now support him. If Beowulf does big box office, it could just take the prize.

    My personal favorite, Surf’s Up, won’t get in.

  • http://eggheadcheesybird.co.uk Alex

    Well Ratatouille will win (as it should) , Persepolis will be nominated although we all know it doesn’t have a hope in hell of appealing to the academy’s sensibilities and probably the third one will be Beowulf… because… I don’t know why, it just will. I can tell.

  • http://marcosgp.blogspot.com/ Markus

    My wish list

    Ratatouille :O
    Surf’s Up :T
    Meet the robinsons :)

  • Richard

    I placing my bets on…”Alvin and the Chipmunks”! After the movie’s viewers get past “the crap factor” of the film, it seems like – there’s no movie at all! It’s all just crap!

    Oh, wait – “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters” is nominated? Whoops, folks, there’s a new winner here!

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=20670536 RODAN

    Were you asking for the wiener or winner? First the wiener would have to be Aqua Teen Hunger Force…. hands down, the wiener! Then of course the winner….Wishing that Pixar would implode (hate 3-D) no fan here…Still I’d have to say the rat movie…. Something about the rat cooking French cuisine. Outside of Marie Antoinette those French never get what they deserve. So for patriotic reasons…Ratatouille. I know Marie was not really French.

    1. Ratatouille

    2. Surfs Up (Those penguin movies do have a possible edge. All animated movies with penguins should be banned henceforth.)

    3. The Simpson Movie, A powerhouse (longevity and sympathetic vote?)

    Of course…it’s only Best Animated Film, so you never know what commercialist corporate merchandising lobbiests will do to make sure that “their film” gets the gold. We need an animated Marlon Brando to go up there and refuse the golden boy for arts sake. Wait? Who the hell is Art?

  • http://dmgermain.blogspot.com David Germain

    Out of all those (of the ones I’ve seen) I think Ratatouille is the most deserving of the win. The characters had alot of personality, both the rats and the humans, plus the animation adheres to the traditional techniques that made the golden age (`30′s to `50′s) so great.

    In a perfect world, Beowulf would win the Razzie under the category “Worst Live Action Wannabe Made By People Who Are Too Big of Pussies To Do Actual Animation”. But sadly, it’s not a perfect world.

  • Corrado (Anthony)

    Ratatouille.

    Simpsons Movie.

    Bee Movie (The lesser of 2 dreamworks evils)

    Winner: I would like Simpsons Movie to win but I wouldn’t be upset if Ratatouille wins.

  • http://- Ewan from Edinburgh

    It would give me a thrill to see Michael Arias get an award on his home continent. Best expat animation director ever. Go Tekkonkinkreet!

  • http://mytwoyenworth.blogspot.com/ Michael Jones

    Will there even be Oscars this year if the Writer’s Strike isn’t resolved? That being said, Ratatouille. (Tekkon Kinkreet would be preferred, but I’ll be realistic.)

  • http://www.marklevineanimator.com Mark Levine

    Ratatouille.

    Surf’ Up.

    Not sure on the third. I think it might be Bee Movie(haven’t seen it yet), as long as it isn’t Shrek the Third.

    Winner: probably Ratatouille, which would be well deserved (I loved it). Athough I loved Surf’s Up also. Very different films, but equally well executed.

  • http://cookiebite.blogspot.com tali

    oh please let it be persepolis.
    it hasn’t screened here yet, but the graphic novel is truly amazing.

  • mawnck

    Persepolis goes nationwide December 25th. There’s nothing keeping it from being nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Foreign Language. But I’m guessing that the BAF submission was the English dub version.

  • J Maruyama

    Ratatouille
    Bee Movie
    Persepolis

    Winner: Should be Ratatouille but since it may be conisdered the front runner votes could swing towards Bee. I don’t think enough voters will see Persepolis for it to win.

  • http://animaencyclopedia.blogspot.com Martin

    Ratatouille
    Beowulf
    Surf’s Up

    Winner: Ratatouille :)