You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Films vie in Oscar animation race

Twelve films compete for feature prize

AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category.

Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” “Tekkonkinkreet” and “TMNT.”

“Chipmunks,” “Beowulf” and “Persepolis” must still complete a portion of AMPAS’ qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Of the 12, four are cel-animated: “Aqua Teen,” “Persepolis,” “Simpsons” and “Tekkonkinkreet.” That’s a big jump from last year, when there were only two cel pics.

“Alvin” is a combo of live-action and CGI animation.

The rest are CGI toons, with the exception of the performance-capture “Beowulf.” Before the list was unveiled Thursday, there was some question — as there had been with “Polar Express” — whether motion-capture qualifies as animation or live-action.

“Persepolis” and “Tekkonkinkreet” were originally released in majority foreign-language versions (French-English-Persian and Japanese, respectively).

As per current AMPAS rules for the final category, the list of 12 films will be whittled down to a maximum of three.

Noms for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 22 at the Acad’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

More Film

  • Dr. Dre and Marvin Gaye

    Dr. Dre Is Making a Movie About Marvin Gaye (EXCLUSIVE)

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • Sam Mendes 1917

    Sam Mendes Sets WWI Movie '1917' as Next Directing Gig

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • John Stankey

    WarnerMedia Boss John Stankey Talks Post-Merger Priorities, Investing in Content and Falling for 'Westworld'

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • Michael Moses Dwight Caines

    Universal Marketing Overhaul: Michael Moses Promoted, Dwight Caines Hired

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • TODD FISHER Bright Lights Producer

    Todd Fisher Opens Up About Deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • Disney Pixar Bob Iger John Lasseter

    Is the Era of the Superstar Media Executive Over?

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

  • Heather GrahamWomen in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail

    Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour to Star in Drama 'The Rest of Us'

    AMPAS will have 12 films to consider for the animated feature film Oscar category, meaning there will be three nominees for the category. Submitted features are: “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters,” “Bee Movie,” “Beowulf,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Persepolis,” “Ratatouille,” “Shrek the Third,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Surf’s Up,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content