OSCAR QUALIFIED

oscar.jpgAccording to Daily Variety, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has officially qualified 11 films for competition in the animated feature race. The 11 are Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” Disney’s “Home on the Range” and “Disney’s Teacher’s Pet”; DreamWorks’ “Shrek 2,” “Shark Tale” and “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence”; Paramount-Nickelodeon’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie”; Warner Bros. “Polar Express” and “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” (two ends of the spectrum, both distributed by WB); Masquerade Films’ “Sky Blue” (Korean anime); and Pentamedia’s “The Legend of Buddha” (traditional 2D from India).The Academy has an eight-16 rule for animation features: For there to be a category with three nominations, eight features must open within a given year. For five nominations, there must be 16 or more. The Academy’s executive committee of the short films/feature animation branch declared these 11 eligible. That panel technically has the right to state that there will be no category this year, but it is expected to recommend to the board of governors on Dec. 14 that the award be given. Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 25, and winners will be unveiled Feb. 27.