Sunday 6 November 2011

The Oscar Race Begins - 18 Qualify

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently revealed the 18 feature films that have qualified for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards - to be hosted by Eddie Murphy, the voice of Donkey in Shrek.

These feature films are (links lead to our reviews of the highlighted films):

  • "The Adventures of Tintin"

  • "Alois Nebel"

  • "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked"

  • "Arthur Christmas" (to be released on November 11, review to follow the week after)

  • "Cars 2"

  • "A Cat in Paris"

  • "Chico & Rita"

  • "Gnomeo & Juliet"

  • "Happy Feet Two"

  • "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil"

  • "Kung Fu Panda 2"

  • "Mars Needs Moms"

  • "Puss in Boots"

  • "Rango"

  • "Rio"

  • "The Smurfs"

  • "Winnie the Pooh"

  • "Wrinkles"

  • Providing that at least 16 of these films make the necessary theatrical runs to qualify, then there will be five nominees for the prestigious award this year, as opposed to the three we saw last year.

    2011 has been a very good year for animated film, with all major studios (and some minor ones) bringing out brilliant films (personally, as it came out in January over here in the UK, and not November 2010 as it did it in the US, I also count Tangled as from this year). So, it's going to be a very competitive year, with the usual Academy favourite, Pixar, churning out, what was viewed as, a weak entry into their canon, it's likely that Cars 2 won't win this year, but, from the films I've seen so far, my five to be nominated would be:
    • The Adventures of Tintin
    • Cars 2
    • Rio
    • Rango
    • Kung Fu Panda 2
    With Tintin probably coming out on top; those predictions are based upon now and, not necessarily my personal opinion, but what I believe the Academy will choose. Also, this is discounting films not yet released and ones I haven't seen; also, it's hard to count out Aardman, so I wouldn't rule out Arthur Christmas yet (stay tuned for a review of that in two weeks).

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see, we're only at the start of the journey now anyway.

    Thanks to The Pixar Blog.

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