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”
“Epic”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“Frozen”
“Khumba”
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apostolo”
“Planes”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“Turbo”
“The Wind Rises”

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