Oscar: 15 Animated Features For 2010 Race

Beverly Hills, CA — Fifteen features have been accepted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The 15 features are:
“Alpha and Omega”
“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”
“Despicable Me”
“The Dreams of Jinsha”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“Idiots and Angels”
“The Illusionist”
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
“Megamind”
“My Dog Tulip”
“Shrek Forever After”
“Summer Wars”
“Tangled”
“Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”
“Toy Story 3”

“The Dreams of Jinsha,” “The Illusionist,” “Summer Wars” and “Tangled” have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Under the rules for this category, in any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. If 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre.

  1. Gee, I wonder which one is gonna win! Could it be the most overrated film of the year… Toy Story 3 !? It’s a good movie, but is anyone else sick of hearing grown adults blabbing how it made them cry three times. Purleeze!

  2. Will the people who worked on ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’ vote for ‘Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore?’

  3. I really hope The Illusionist makes it into the final three. It was a sensational film: beautifully animated, and wonderfully emotive. I’m not expecting it to win, but if it loses out on a nomination in favour of Shrek 4 or Megamind, etc, I think something has gone woefully wrong.

  4. Question/Comment:

    Toy Story 3 will clearly win this category. But does it not seem like a backup plan to potentially getting nominated/winning best picture?

    I feel like it should only be able to get nominated for 1 of the categories, as it is not fair for other perfectly good animated films like Dragon, which would have been an easy win in other years, but has (in my opinion) a flawless film as its competition this year.

    Has any film this year besides Toy Story 3 hit every single human emotion right on the nose? Can’t help but wish it’s in discussion for more than just this one award..

    Thoughts?!?

    1. The Illusionist is remarkably emotionally effective, and beautifully animated with a really striking aesthetic. The only reason it’s not being considered a serious contender is because very few Academy voters will have seen it.

    2. Summer Wars is just as emotion, and has just as much range, as Toy Story 3 (and in my opinion wields that emotional responsibility far more artfully). But who will have seen it by nomination time? It’s yet another case of the best movie getting tragically overlooked.

      But as for things that could actually win, my hopes (if not my money) are on How to Train Your Dragon.

    1. Disney always plays the Tinker Bell movies for a week at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood just to get some more interest in the home video release, and also to try and do a service for the animation community by inching closer to the magic 16. No one expects Tinker Bell to ever win, but it’s basically a public service on Disney’s part. Sometimes it even pays off, though sadly not this year apparently.

  5. I worked on “Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore,” and am completely flabbergasted how it ended up on this list. Last I checked, there was a ton of live action in that film. For the record, out of the listed films I’ve seen, I’m torn between Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. But since I’m not in the Academy, my indecision doesn’t matter.

  6. Dragon was a quality children’s film. But Toy Story was not only the best animated film of the year, but one of the best films of the year, PERIOD!

  7. Interesting that Cats&Dogs was in the list. I think this is the first time that a movie with a substantial live-action component has made it to the long-list of 15. The rules have always permitted it, and I know that Stuart Little was tempted; but either didn’t quite qualify or they opted to go for Visual Effects instead of animation.

    Avatar might well have qualified last year, but Cameron explicitly didn’t want it considered there.

  8. It’s a shame Summer Wars is likely to be overlooked in all this, since not only is it one of the best films to make the considerations list, but it’s one of the few that holds down hand-drawn animation for an all-ages audience and is both consistently entertaining and very well-made (an area Disney has basically ceded with their shift to CG). People who see Summer Wars may be surprised it’s a Japanese film at all: the themes are so universal that I think just about anyone would be hard-pressed to label it ‘foreign.’ As I said, it’s a real shame people are going to miss this film and likely not give it a nomination, since all the distraction is on the big studios and known quantities in the race. Once more, the Academy is going to miss out on recognizing one of the best films getting a release this year.

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