OSCARS: 19 Films Submitted For Animated Feature

Today’s list means there are enough entries to trigger the full category of five nominees this year.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®.

The 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apóstolo”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“The Wind Rises”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.
Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Contenders 2013: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Lone Survivor,’ ‘Despicable Me 2’ & ‘The Croods’ Bid For Oscar
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    1. Obviously you’ve never heard of this Japanese iconic animator – Hayao Miyazaki. The Wind Rises is a shoe-in for the win!

    1. Smurfs 2 does not count as a animated movie because it has live action in it and live actors in it and also CGI is used very differently in movies unlike 2D animation. That’s like calling Jurassic Park an animated movie just because of it’s CGI dinosaurs.

      1. So by your “rules” The Three Caballeros, Yellow Submarine, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, James and the Giant Peach, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Happy Feet (and many others) would not have qualified. It seems to me your definition of what counts is not a sword set in stone.

    1. Oh shut it. These movies are made for kids, not bitter adults. And my KIDS happen to love it as did the other 4 KIDS we took to see it.

      Adults need to grow the hell up and quit thinking every Disney/ Pixar film being churned out is meant to please them. It’s not, so quit embarrassing yourself.

      1. Hey Chris, I am a member of the Short Films & Feature Animation branch of the Academy and have been part of the feature nomination committee for about five years and I can tell you unequivically that you are wrong. We nominate and vote for the best animated movie in spite of the intended audience. That said, the more childish a film the less likely it is to get nominated. Most of the members of the branch come from feature animation and we tend to be a pretty tough audience and though the committee is open to members outside of our branch, it is largely animation branch members that participate. The film has to appeal to adults to be nominated as no kids are AMPAS members. I haven’t yet seen Planes so I cannot speculate as to how it will fare, but I assure you that when we vote, we do not consider target audience and then weight our decision accordingly.

    1. Well, I HAVE seen THE WIND RISES, and it’s a remarkable piece of work (and definitely not for the kiddos). In a sane world it would indeed be a shoo-in, but Academy voters rarely make the sane choice.

  1. It’s pretty clear that this year is a battle between FROZEN and THE WIND RISES. My prediction is that THE WIND RISES takes the award, since this is Miyazaki’s final film. Those two are the strongest contenders.

  2. Monster’s University was great. Heartwarming and funny, and wonderfully animated. It was much better than Brave, which actually won the Best Animated Picture Oscar.
    Frozen looks amazing.
    The rest are pretty laughable (even though Despicable Me 2 is the only one – besides MU – I’ve seen.)

  3. Croods was awful. I’ll nominate it for a Razzy Dazzy McShizzle Butt award but that’s it.

  4. Here’s my best bet on the five
    The Croods
    Oscar and Celestine
    Monsters University
    The Wind Rises

  5. WHAT? This year was a horrible year for animation because we didn’t have an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. HA!

  6. Am I the only person here who knows of Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Rebellion? besides The Wind Rises, I think it beats out every other choice on this list! And anyone familiar with the franchise would know that it’s definitely NOT for kids!

    1. I have heard of that movie actually! I am hoping really hard that it gets nominated because it is a REALLY great story and certainly better than a few contenders this year (Offense intended PLANES)

  7. I haven’t seen The Wind Rises, but I know the whole story. Since Animated Features are (supposed) to be family movies, and The Wind Rises is not (*cough*dreaming of being able to fly a plane, only to built them and bla*cough*), I think that Frozen will win. MU and DM2 were good, but Frozen should win. And many people are saying that it’s the best musical since The Beauty and The Beast. (Maybe can surpass The Lion King)

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