Sunday 4 November 2012

21 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Consideration

Apologies for the mini-hiatus, guys, I've been in London watching Monsters, Inc. 3D (review up later)! But, it's back to business as usual, with this exciting news from Friday: the list of the 21 animated feature films that have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for consideration for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature have been revealed.

Included among the running are likely favourites Brave, Wreck-It Ralph and ParaNorman. Check out the full list, with studios (where known), after the jump break - with links to trailers and reviews where appropriate:

It's worth noting that not all of these films will necessarily meet the requirements, as several haven't yet had their required LA theatrical run. 57 animated shorts have also been announced as having qualified for consideration in their category, including Paperman, Daffy's RhapsodyAdam and Dog (last year's Annie winner in the short category) and The Simpsons short The Longest Daycare (via Cartoon Brew).

And because this is the time of year to venture predictions, here's mine:
  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates!
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Rise of the Guardians looks phenomenal, but I'm dubious as to whether the Academy will see it that way - it'd be great to see it nominated though. The Pirates! definitely should be nominated, but it's hard to judge; that said, the Academy have looked on Aardman favourably in the past, and often have with Studio Ghibli, so From Up on Poppy Hill could factor in as well. Also don't be surprised if a French animated film (The Rabbi's Cat maybe?) slips into the fold, as that's been the way in the previous few years. Basically, it's hard to predict!

Pixar are the pack-leaders with animation, undoubtedly, but with the (bizarrely) tepid reviews Brave received from some outlets, it's hard to call them the favourites this year. ParaNorman stands a great chance, but, personally, and given the great reviews it's received so far, I'd love to see Wreck-It Ralph win! It looks great, and that a Disney Animation Studios film has never won the Best Animated Feature Oscar just doesn't seem right; this very well could be the year to remedy that.

The nominations will be announced on 10th January, 2013, and the 85th Academy Awards, presented by Seth MacFarlane, will take place on 24th February, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.


  1. I'm eagerly waiting for your review on Monsters Inc 3D, mainly because I'm curious to see which short they're attaching to it (if any). Since there's no info whatsoever on this, I just assume that they have none, or they're gonna show the original short (For the Birds), but it will be a great pleasant surprise if they have something new up their sleeves.

    1. Tiredness permitting, it'll be up tonight! That was one of my main thoughts going in, but no, no original short. For the Birds preceded it, but was redone in 3D too - suprisingly great use of 3D in it actually!