The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 18 animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category at next February’s Oscars, including Steven Spielberg’s performance-capture based The Adventures of Tintin and the animation/live-action hybrid The Smurfs.
Academy rules state that as long as at least 16 films are submitted, then five will ultimately be nominated. (Last year, Toy Story 3 won the Oscar in a race of only three nominated movies.)
It’s also worth noting that an animation/live-action hybrid like The Smurfs has never been nominated in this category. A spokesperson for the Academy carefully explained that this is only a list of submitted films from the studios, and should not yet be interpreted as an endorsement that all the films have met the category’s criteria.
The 16 other films that were submitted include:
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
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
Winnie the Pooh