The Academy just announced the 10 films competing for this year’s animated Oscar, and it looks like this year we will have a much stiffer competition than last year as The Incredibles ran away with it. There is however one film on the list that I have not heard of, Gulliver’s Travel. I am not even sure who is distributing that one.
The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy’s Board of Governors that the category be activated and the Award be given for this year. The board has approved that recommendation.
The list is as follows:
Ã‚Â· Chicken Little
Ã‚Â· Gulliver’s Travel
Ã‚Â· Howl’s Moving Castle
Ã‚Â· Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Ã‚Â· Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than sixteen.
Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories.
The 78th Academy Award nominations will be announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, January 31, 2006.