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Oscar 2010: Animated Feature Semi-Finalists

Up by Pete Docter
A Town Called Panic
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson
Up by Pete Docter (top); A Town Called Panic by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (middle); Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson (bottom)

Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 2010 Academy Awards. They are:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney's A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Planet 51, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells (which is also up for an European Film Award) and A Town Called Panic have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. As per the Academy's press release, “submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.”

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of five features can be nominated in a year in which there are at least 16 eligible entries. Since the Animated Feature Film category was instituted in 2001, only once – in 2002 – were there five nominated films. The other years had three films in the running.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it'll be televised live by ABC.

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