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2 Women Directed Animated Features on Oscar Shortlist

by Kerensa Cadenas
November 6, 2012 11:30 AM
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21 animated features have made it to the Oscar shortlist for best animated feature. Since over 16 films were submitted, a maximum of 5 films can be nominated. However, of these 21 animated features—that range from major animated features such as Wreck-It Ralph to independent animated films like Zarafa—only 2 of these 21 films were directed by women.

And on top of that tiny number, both of these films were co-directed by men. The final five Oscar nominees will be announced on January 10.

Here are the two women co-directed animated films on the shortlist:

Brave – Co-directed by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews

Secret of the Wings – Co-directed by Peggy Holmes and Bradley Raymond

21 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Campaign (The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Priscilla | November 17, 2012 8:32 PMReply

    As sad as this is, it's a harsh reality. But still, I can only remember one other female director's animated film being nominated at the Oscars. I hope Brave makes it because we honestly need more Meridas in the media (a strong female character who ISN'T a love interest). Haven't heard of Secret of the Wings, but as an animation buff, I'll be sure to check it out.

  • Shaun | November 11, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    OH!!! Well if PIXAR has it in the credits it MUST be true then.

  • brian | November 7, 2012 3:39 AMReply

    I don't know i'd consider Brave Co directed by Brenda Chapman as Chapman was replaced partway through There are rumors Pixar found the film too feminist.

  • Melissa Silverstein | November 7, 2012 11:29 AM


    She is listed as the director by the studio and she is credited on the film as the director.

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