18 animated features submitted for 2011 Oscar race

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Oscar Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

Several studios have each entered two films. Dreamworks Animation has submitted both Kung Fu Panda 2 and the recently released Puss in Boots, while Sony Pictures has sent in both The Smurfs and the upcoming Arthur Christmas.

Twentieth Century Fox submitted both this spring’s Rio and the upcoming Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Paramount has sent in Rango, as well as the performance-capture film The Adventures of Tintin, which it is distributing.

Disney‘s Mars Needs Moms and Winnie the Pooh, and Pixar‘s Cars 2, also have been submitted in the animated category. So has Starz Animation‘s Gnomeo & Juliet, distributed by Disney.

Sony Pictures Animation’s mixed-media The Smurfs has been submitted, as has Warner Bros.’ Happy Feet Two.

Foreign films submitted for consideration are the Czech Republic’s black-and-white rotoscope film Alois Nebel — also the country’s entry in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars — as well as France’s A Cat in Paris and Spain’s Chico & Rita and Wrinkles.

Rounding out the list is Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, distributed by The Weinstein Company.

Universal‘s Hop, combining live action and animation, was not submitted. It may not have qualified, as under the Academy’s rules, at least 75% of the film’s run time must feature animation, and a significant number of the main characters must be animated.

Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. However, they qualify if screened before the end of the calendar year.

If all 18 films qualify for consideration, there could be five Oscar nominees in the animated feature category.

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. 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 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live at 5:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, January 24 in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented Sunday, February 26 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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