You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Bevy of contenders in animation race

Eye on the Oscars: The Contenders II

A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history.

Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around.

The big players are certainly well invested: DreamWorks Animation has fun romp “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” and “Rise of the Guardians,” while Disney/Pixar brings “Brave,” “Frankenweenie” and “Wreck-It Ralph.” (DisneyToon Studios also has “Secret of the Wings.”)

“Frankenweenie” stepped into the forefront Dec. 3 with a pair of nods — a New York Film Critics Circle win and one of eight nominations from the Annie Awards. In addition to “Brave,” “Ralph” and “Guardians,” Annie noms also went to Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Focus’ “ParaNorman,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” from Sony and Aardman, and GKids’ “The Rabbi’s Cat.”

Two other high-profile releases — “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” from Universal/Illumination and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” from Fox/Blue Sky — are in the running, but these days, you can’t assume bigtime American pics will grab all the prized noms, as the nods for 2011’s “Chico & Rita” and “A Cat in Paris” indicate.

GKids is definitely a rising player, distributing such international toons as “From Up on Poppy Hill,” “The Painting” and “Zarafa.” Monty Python fans, meanwhile, will be on the lookout for recognition for “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”

Eye on the Oscars: The Contenders II
Nominations date luster worth fluster? | Nervous time for awards hopefuls | Awards season forget-me-nots | Bevy of contenders in animation race | ‘Searching’ for a documentary champion | ‘Amour’ than a feeling for foreign film hopefuls

More Film

  • Ridley Scott All the Money in

    Ridley Scott's 'All the Money in the World' Star-Switch Pays Off

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Ryan Coogler Playback Podcast Black Panther

    Playback: Ryan Coogler on 'Black Panther' and What It Means to Be African

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Box Office: 'Black Panther' Tops 'Avengers'

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Tops 'Avengers' for Highest MCU Wednesday Gross

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Director Lee Unkrich and production designer

    'Coco' Faced Big Responsibility in Getting Right Mexico’s the Land of the Dead

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Christopher Nolan Upends Strategy

    How 'Dunkirk' Overturned Conventions of Storytelling, Marketing and More

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Joanna Vargas, Facialist, Opens Los Angeles

    Meet Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas, Who Has 'About 30' Starry Clients for Oscars

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

  • Mens Red Carpet Fashion Roundup

    Time to Suit Up: Hollywood’s Men Hit the Refresh Button on Red Carpet

    A healthy contingent of 21 official qualifiers make this year’s feature animation race one of the more interesting in the category’s 12-year history. Only three other times (2002, 2009, 2011) has the Academy had the minimum number of films required to generate five nominations for animation, but no such concern exists this time around. The […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content