×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

GKids makes splash with two in toon pool

18 toons were submitted for consideration

Oscar’s animated feature category saw 18 toons submitted for consideration, yielding a full roster of five nominees for just the third time since the category was created a decade ago.

DreamWorks Animation nabbed two noms on Tuesday, for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Puss in Boots,” while Paramount landed a slot for its first animated feature, “Rango.”

But the big surprise came from New York-based distrib GKids, which landed nods for two pics: “A Cat in Paris” and the jazzy “Chico & Rita.”

The nods for “Cat,” from Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and “Chico,” by Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”), comes as GKids is expanding the number of pics it releases, having recently inked a deal to handle North American distribution of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli’s library, which includes “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke.”

It previously released Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” Michel Ocelot’s “Azur & Asmar” (with the Weinstein Co.) and “Mia and the Migoo.” GKids also produces the New York Intl Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event.

GKids released “Cat” for Folimage and released “Chico” through its adult-skewing LumaFilms banner, due to nudity and other mature content.

The two foreign titles are also up for the Annie Awards, being handed out Feb. 4, as are “Cars 2,” “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Arthur Christmas,” “Rio,” “Panda 2,” “Puss,” “Rango” and “Arrugas.”

“We are thrilled that 100% of the movies we made last year have been nominated for best animated picture Oscars,” said Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation. “All of us at DreamWorks Animation are extremely proud of everyone involved with making these films and congratulate them on their achievements.”

This year, without a nom for “Cars 2,” Pixar was shut out for the first time since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced the animation category in 2001. Pixar’s absence is notable considering the toon studio has won the Oscar for the past four years with “Ratatouille,” “Wall-E,” “Up” and “Toy Story 3.”

This will be the third time Pixar hasn’t had a pic nommed. In 2002 and 2005, Pixar didn’t release a feature. However, Disney still had one or two films in the race those years..

Among the other no-shows were Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh,” Miramax’s “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Paramount’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” Sony and Aardman Animations’ “Arthur Christmas” and “Rio,” from Fox and Blue Sky Studios.

The omission of “Tintin” came on the heels of the motion-capture adventure pic winning the animated trophy Saturday from the Producers Guild of America for Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Peter Jackson. “Tintin” also won the Golden Globes animated prize on Sunday.

None of the 2011 nominated animated titles are up for best picture.

More Scene

  • Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells Black

    Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells Talk Snorting 'Coke' on 'Black Monday'

    “Black Monday” show creators David Caspe and Jordan Cahen divulged an intriguing detail to come later in the first season of the new Showtime comedy at its world premiere, held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday night in Los Angeles. “The fourth or fifth episode opens with a sexual harassment seminar, which very well [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron attends the 44th Annual

    Alfonso Cuarón to LAFCA: 'Thanks to Your Help We Can Break Down Walls'

    Inclusion was the big winner at the L.A. Film Critics Association Awards, which was held Saturday night at the InterContinental in Century City. “This year’s winners are the most diverse in LAFCA’s 43-year history,” announced its president, Claudia Puig, adding that 14 out of their 18 awards were won by women and people of color. [...]

  • Mandatory Credit: Photo by Max Malandrino/REX/Shutterstock

    Hollywood Power Players Assemble to Save Iconic Deli Nate 'n Al

    A group of Hollywood executives and celebrities have banded together with the intent to save Beverly Hills deli and star haunt Nate ‘n Al, a stone’s throw from tourist destination Rodeo Drive. A consortium of investors including music kingpin Irving Azoff and wife Shelli, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, and Rande Gerber and [...]

  • Charlie Collier, FOX Chief Executive Officer

    'The Passage' Team Talks Diversifying Races, Genders and Ages of Book Characters

    “The Passage” star Saniyya Sidney was unaware that the book version of her character was originally white until her father, a fan of Justin Cronin’s apocalyptic trilogy, informed her during the audition process. “I was like, ‘Oh, she is?'” Sidney told Variety at Thursday’s series premiere in Santa Monica, Calif. “And when I got it, [...]

  • KiKi Layne and Stephan James'If Beale

    Regina King Praised by 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Co-Stars for New 50/50 Initiative

    Two days had passed since Kiki Layne and Stephan James had attended their first Golden Globes and the “If Beale Street Could Talk” co-stars were still trying to wrap their heads around having been there. “It was such a special night — and pretty unreal,” says James, who was also nominated for his work opposite Julia Roberts [...]

  • Steven Van Zandt, Edie Falco, Tony

    'The Sopranos' 20th Anniversary Reunion: Cast, Producers Remember James Gandolfini

    Jan. 9’s 20th anniversary reunion of the cast and producers of HBO’s “The Sopranos” was a raucous family gathering from its first moments. “I saw a picture of myself in the newspaper,” series creator David Chase said at the start of the event. “And I thought, 20 years. Jesus Christ.” “People come up to me,” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content