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Noms clarified: Davis, Oedekerk for 'Neutron;' Docter, Lasseter for 'Monsters'

HOLLYWOOD — John A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk are the designated nominees for Paramount’s “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” while Pete Docter and John Lasseter are nominated for Disney’s “Monsters, Inc.” in Oscar’s animated feature category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences made the announcement Wednesday; at the same time, it confirmed Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Barrie M. Osborne as the producer nominees for New Line best picture contender “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” (Daily Variety, Feb. 27).

The three films were announced Feb. 12 with a “nominee(s) to be determined” tag.

‘Key creative talent’

The executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch held an arbitration session Tuesday and approved the duos for the toon features. They’ll compete against Aron Warner for DreamWorks’ “Shrek.” The Academy branch was picking a maximum of two recipients; according to AMPAS regs, the “recipient designated must be the key creative talent most clearly responsible for the overall achievement” of the film.

Davis and Oedekerk are two of three credited producers of “Neutron.” Docter was the helmer of “Monsters,” and Lasseter was one of two exec producers. Warner is one of three credited “Shrek” producers.

The best-pic decision, which eliminated Tim Sanders, the fourth credited producer of “Rings,” marked the first time that the Acad’s producer committee has conduct an arbitration in the two years since the three-producer limit was placed on that category.

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