Best Animated Feature Oscar Entries: From 'Rango' to 'Rio'

Kung Fu Panda 2
Kung Fu Panda 2

Those who were wondering if Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin would be considered a full-fledged “animated feature,” now have their answer – sort of. Spielberg's film adaptation of Hergé's work is one of 18 features in consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 2012 Academy Awards.

However, the Academy press release adds that in addition to a qualifying Los Angeles run, “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.” In other words, one or more of the titles below may be disqualified because of some technicality or other. (Not that a Los Angeles release would be considered a “technicality.”)

Below is the full list of submitted animated feature films. It includes hits (The Smurfs) and flops (Mars Needs Moms); movies released earlier in the year (Rio, Rango) and movies that'll be released only at year's end (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked).

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Alois Nebel
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • A Cat in Paris
  • Chico & Rita
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Rio
  • The Smurfs
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wrinkles

As per new Academy rules, at least eight qualifying movies are required to “trigger” the Best Animated Feature category. Additionally, “in any year in which 8 to 12 animated features are released, either two or three of them may be nominated. When 13 to 15 films are released, a maximum of four may be nominated, and when 16 or more animated features are released, a maximum of five may be nominated.”

So, if all 18 submitted films are released in Los Angeles this year and meet the Academy's other requirements, the 2012 Best Animated Feature category may have up to five nominees.

Also, it bears remembering that movies submitted in the Best Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, as long as they meet the requirements for those categories.

The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, the telecast will be broadcast live on ABC. The Oscarcast will also be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Kung Fu Panda picture: DreamWorks

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