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Word has come down from In Contention, and Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol will be submitted into the Best Animated Film race, which means the category will have enough films to qualify (anywhere from 16 to 17) for five nominations as opposed to the traditional three. Of course, as per the rules this doesn’t mean the Academy has to nominate five films:
All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee(s). After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate from 3 to 5 motion pictures for this award. In any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. In any year in which 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.
Can you imagine the Academy not nominating five films, something that hasn’t happened since 2003 when Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away took home the award? As a result, we must consider which five films will get those top five slots? Here’s a quick prediction by yours truly in alphabetical order:
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
- A Christmas Carol
- The Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- The Princess and the Frog
One thing I found interesting was Entertainment Weekly‘s Dave Karger asking his readers, “Are animated films so much tougher to make that they should have such a greater shot at scoring an Oscar nod?” I guess he forgot that both Norbit and Click are both Oscar nominees thanks to the “Best Makeup” category. Therefore my answer to Karger is HELL YES! And it’s not about animated films being tougher to make as much as it is about whether they are deserving or not.
Of the films listed above I have seen six of them so far and all six are deserving of Oscar nods before Click… Sorry, I have not and never will see Norbit so if you have seen that one you can add your thoughts on that one below.