Welcome to the new and current Academy Awards. Sure, there are your dramas and your foreign films, but this year, animation is where the action is. Twenty animated films from this lackluster year of film have been chosen and submitted to the Academy for consideration.
These twenty films cover all aspects of animation, going from a couple of chipmunks in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, to a lonely old man who somehow gets his house completely tied to balloons, allowing it to go Up!. Thanks to the twenty films being submitted, you might look out for the entire category during the Oscar race to up the ante to 5 instead of the measly 3 choices it used to have. By rules created by the Academy, if a certain category of film has more than 16 choices submitted, there could be 5 nominated for that golden statue; if it’s less than that, you’re stuck with 3 nominations.
Now, the Academy has many choices to mull over. Depending on how it all goes, we might end up seeing a ragdoll living in a post-apocalyptic world with a number as a name stomping out the competition, while a “Bah Humbug” echoes from the back of the Kodak Theatre. Stay tuned to see what happens.
Here’s the list, check to see if your favorites made the cut:
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Battle for Terra
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin — Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary & Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic
Nominations will be announced on February 2nd.