Oscars: 19 Films Submit for Feature Animation

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

A total of 19 films have submitted themselves for consideration for the upcoming animated feature Oscar.

This includes films that have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs this calendar year. Animated films are also eligible for Oscars in other categories, including best picture, screenplay and below the line work.

It looks like there will be five nominees in the category this year. Under Academy rules, there must be 16 or more qualifying films to warrant five contenders. In the past, some films were submitted, but were disqualified for various reasons, including some that didn’t meet the org’s demand that “animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.”

Many of the submissions have been huge box office hits, but there is no clear front-runner at this point. And in the past, such dark horses as the 2009 “The Secret of Kells” earned a nom, displacing some more high-profile titles.

The 19 films are:

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apostolo”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“The Wind Rises”

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  3. Nightlord says:

    Madoka deserves this prize, all other movies were from average to plain shit, lot of CGI movies with dumb humor and boring and predictable plots…
    Madoka, apoatolo and the wind rises are the best choice and truly art, but Madoka has a deep emotion and a freaking good soundtrack…well, just my opinion

  4. Holly M.G. says:

    ‘Croods’ was pretty great, I hope it’ll be up for something. Dreamwork’s deserves it, although it’s possible they’ll take something home next year with three features set for release in 2014.

  5. Gustav M says:

    Yes! I forgot that “The wind rises” is the english title for “Kaze tachinu”. Stupid. Well I haven’t seen it but it sure looks like we got a winner. Thanks Tigerwarrior

    • tigerwarrior says:

      no problemo. u r welcome. I have yet to see it myself. It’s Miyazaki’s last film, super strong contender. But I am also rooting for Cloudy 2. Really liked Despicable me 2, and hopefully Frozen will be as good as Tangled. No choice but to wait for dvd/blu-ray release (Kaze Tachinu / The Wind Rises), experts say release date is likely around July 2014. Sigh… So far.

      • the Wind Rises is a strong contender indeed, and the Fact it’s Miyazaki just make it better. That’s true, but I have to agree with this quote from another site : “It won’t be a surprise if The Wind Rises is nominated, as many of his previous films have been as well, and some have even won. His works get so much buzz because his name was thrown on it, and not to say that it isn’t good, but Madoka came in and was a sensation, and the fact that it might be up for an Academy Award is huge.”

        Impossible. I’m sure that’s what people thought right now. Even if Madoka was even more overhyped than Kaze Tachinu, there are still many stronger candidates to beat for nomination (Win Oscar? probably not). But there is no harm for wishing, and I have to agree further with this statement…
        Q : “What about the Miyazaki films on there?”
        A : “Not that he’s not incredible of course, but I mean the Madoka movies innovate – they bring something new entirely, new fresh styles, new fresh concepts, Miyazaki likes to stick with traditional themes and that’s certainly fine and excellent the way he plays them, but I’d much rather have an all-around groundbreaker be victorious.”

  6. tigerwarrior says:

    The Wind rises is Studio Ghibli. And Madoka is weak when it comes to Ghibli. There’s a bigger smarter audience for The Wind Rises than some mahou shoujo movie. -___-

  7. suzuka says:

    Madoka-magica deserve to win.

  8. Gustav M says:

    A quite shitty year in my opinion. Epic was quite nice, if a bit bland. MU was a disapointment, sadly. Letter to Momo a blatant Ghibli rip-off, with some perks. Still haven’t seen Despicable me 2 or Frozen. Madoka is good but to damm glum for Oscars, but who knows?

  9. ShinjiMegami says:

    Wow, I’m going for Madoka Kaname, since she have her own star system now…
    hell yeah!, another Japanese Oscar…!!

  10. bogcsa1013 says:

    This will be great, if Madoka Magica will be the winner. And it would be another Japanese Oscar :)

  11. ValiantSquirrel says:

    Madoka Magica, you have all my support!

  12. Iduna Feigenbaum says:

    If Frozen doesn’t win after Wreck-it Ralph failed to win after being the best animated film in decades; Hollywood can go to hell.

  13. Komi says:

    3 pixar movies? Talk about biased.

    • goiral says:

      Pixar only releases one movie per year in the late spring/early summer season which is why they tend to win best animated feature film. You can always expect flawless animation from them.

    • Where do you get three Pixar movies?

      “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is Sony Pictures
      “The Croods” is DreamWorks
      “Despicable Me 2” is Universal/Illumination
      “Epic” is Fox/BlueSky
      “Ernest and Celestine” is GKids
      “The Fake” is unknown, but not Pixar
      “Free Birds“ is Relativity
      “Frozen” is Disney, not Pixar
      “Khumba” is Millennium
      “The Legend of Sarila” is Phase 4
      “A Letter to Momo” is also GKids
      “Monsters University” is Pixar
      “O Apostolo” is unknown, but not Pixar
      “Planes” is also Disney, not Pixar
      “Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion” is Aniplex America
      “Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury” is unknown, but not Pixar
      “The Smurfs 2” is Sony Pictures
      “Turbo” is DreamWorks
      “The Wind Rises” is Disney, not Pixar

  14. Elite says:

    Madoka a oscar winner

  15. Nanny Mo says:

    Wow! Have we fallen so low.

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