18 animated features submitted for 2011 Oscar race

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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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