16 Animated Feature Films Submitted for 2015 Oscar Race

Minions Movie
Courtesy of Universal

If all qualify, the field is large enough for a full slate of 15 nominees.

The Academy announced today that 16 animated features have been submitted for the 2015 Oscar race. Assuming all 16 qualify, the field is just large enough to warrant a full five-nomination slate at the upcoming 88th annual Academy Awards.

The features submitted are:

“The Boy and the Beast”
“Boy and the World”
The Good Dinosaur
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
Inside Out
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
“The Laws of the Universe – Part 0”
“Moomins on the Riviera”
The Peanuts Movie
“Regular Show: The Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“When Marnie Was There”

Several of the films submitted have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. All submissions must fulfill that requirement and comply with all other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Nominees will be announced alongside all other Oscar nominees on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.

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  1. jessie says:

    SpongeBob was good, cant wait to see how Good Dino turns out

  2. bijinius says:

    *LAFF* Look – I’m sorry “Minions”, but this…uh, “race”? 100% ENTIRELY perfunctory. I guess it *would* look a little funny having but one nomination square on the screen while they read out the words “Inside” and “Out” from the envelope, but it WAS my understanding that, like, -every- producer in the ceremony’s history wished for a shorter show. Here’s a chance to SKIP the tradition of the un-witty banter from the likes of Jessica Simpson and Robert Pattinson or whoever they get to present for’Best Animated Film’ – just get, like, Tom Brady to throw the Oscar, Football style to the PIXAR geniuses and let that be THE END OF IT.

  3. messofanego says:

    This better not mean Anomalisa is out of the running for other categories…

  4. Dave Lee says:

    Regular Show: The Movie was awesome! That said, it didn’t have a large release so most people don’t know about it. It was still alot of fun, though!!

  5. Pixworks says:

    Regular Show: The Movie was a guilty pleasure for me, but I doubt the Academy will care about it.

  6. Gabe says:

    yes hotel Transylvania 2 and inside out score

  7. Iván el Terrible says:

    Regular Show: The Movie? For real? AWESOME!

    Minions? Are they joking? That trash belongs in the Razzies.

  8. John says:

    Hope all of the films that have not yet qualified have no problem in doing so. This could definitely be the strongest set of nominees since this award was established. Easily more than 5 deserving nominees.

    Weird that Lucasfilm did not submit Strange Magic. If one film fails to qualify, it’s only 4 nominees and that could make Good Dinosaur, from another Disney company, miss

  9. E. Perez says:

    I assume/hope Regular Show got a qualifying release before it played on TV

    And I’m surprised Disney didn’t submit Strange Magic and the latest Tinker Bell. But I guess they are confident their two Pixar contenders would get in even with a field of 3 or 4.

    Also I have a feeling Anomalisa could get Lego’d

    • crossie says:

      According to Wikipedia, it had a theatrical premiere with a weeklong run in L.A. back in August, meaning it’s one of the movies that’s already paid its dues.

    • E. Perez says:

      I’m also surprised Funimation submitted The Boy and the Beast (which they plan to release next year), and not the new Dragon Ball Z movie. Did it have a chance at being nominated? Probably not, but given its financial success surely some members of the animation branch would have paid attention to ut,

      • Iván el Terrible says:

        The Boy and the Beast is the first animated film to be nominated for the most important prize at San Sebastian Film Festival. Don’t wonder why Funimation decided to promote it.

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