It seems Luc Besson’s “Arthur and the Invisibles” will be invisible on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ list of eligible pics for the animated film Oscar.
In a rare reverse decision, the Acad has disqualified the Weinstein Co. entry because of a disproportionate percentage of live action to animation. Academy rules state that for a film to be eligible in the animation category, no less than 75% of its running time must be animated.
Decision will have widespread ramifications, as the number of eligible animated films drops from 16 to 15, meaning only three pics can be nominated.
With Pixar’s “Cars” and WB’s “Happy Feet” the front-runners to fill two of the three slots, that leaves Sony’s “Monster House,” Fox’s “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Flushed Away” and “Over the Hedge” to battle it out for the final spot alongside nine other animated films.
Since the category was added in 2001 only 2002 featured five nominees.