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19 Animated Features Submitted For 2013 Oscar Race

by Jerry Beck
November 5, 2013 1:47 PM
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The qualified Oscar nominees have been announced. Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards.

The 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
The Fake
Free Birds
The Legend of Sarila
A Letter to Momo
Monsters University
O Apostolo
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion
Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury
The Smurfs 2
The Wind Rises

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

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

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. 

Here are several trailers for some of the mystery films that have qualified but have yet to fulfill their qualifying L.A. theatrical release:

The trailer for The Fake (Director: Yeon Sang-ho; Korean)

The trailer for O Apostolo (Director: ; Spain)

The trailer for Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie - Rebellion (Director: Akiyuki Shimbou; Japan)

The trailer for Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury (Director: Luiz Bolognesi; Brazil)

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  • aa | November 6, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    Academy Awards have lost all their relevance. Who pays them the most this year?

  • Dominic Armentano | November 6, 2013 2:21 AMReply

    Dude, they nominate pretty much any worthless trash that Hollywood makes into this category and you care about saying a film "may" be good enough to get nominated? lol, Wolf Children is far from being the best japanese animated film ever but is certainly superior to anything produced in this continent for the last 4-5 years (since UP and Wall-E).

  • Eric Graf | November 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    Dude, the *actual* list of past nominees doesn't support your theory at all. I'm sure the creators of "Chico and Rita", "A Cat in Paris", "The Secret of Kells", "Perseoplis", "The Illusionist", "Spirited Away" etc. would find it mighty amusing that you consider their movies "worthless Hollywood trash".

  • Eric Graf | November 5, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    Conspicuous in their absence:

    Escape From Planet Earth
    Wolf Children

    Both had 1-week LA County runs during 2013. Wolf Children, I thought, was good enough to get nominated. And I'm usually on team "no guys, your anime isn't really as good as you think it is".

    Silver Circle is also missing, but that's less surprising, methinks.

  • Jose | November 5, 2013 2:54 PMReply

    Monsters University was a good movie but personally wasn't Pixar's best heck even Oscar worthy. Hopefully there won't be another "Brave-gate" if it beats out Frozen or The Wind Rises.

    But these may be the predictions (non ranking order)
    1. Frozen
    2. The Wind Rises
    3. Monsters University
    4. Ernest & Celestine
    5. ??? But I wish A Letter to Momo, Rio: 2096, Madoka -Rebellion, or O Apostolo

  • Nic Kramer | November 5, 2013 6:46 PM

    Geez, I didn't mind "Brave" winning even though I expected "Wreck-It Ralph" to win. At least they gave Brenda an award which was the right thing to do (otherwise, she might have sued Pixar).

    I do have a theory why "Wreck-It Ralph" might not have won, and no, it's not that the Academy is Pixar biased (that might be true , but we might not know for sure). I think the reason is that most of the voters might considered video games low-rate entertainment. Granted, it doesn't explain why they choosed Seth as a host, but I'm standing by my theory.

  • mike schlesinger | November 5, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    What about FROM UP ON POPPY HILL? That certainly played for more than one week.

  • mike schlesinger | November 6, 2013 1:12 AM

    Ah, okay. Thanks, Bill.

  • Bill Desowitz | November 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    That qualified last season.

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