Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Potential Best Animated Feature Nominees

I noticed today on FilmChat that their are 14 films that have been announced as eligible for the best animated feature Oscar for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Chances are there will be three films nominated, since I believe there has to be more than 15 eligible films for 5 nominees.

Here's the feature length animated films that could be potential nominees (Peter at FilmChat has included the US Release dates of unreleased films):
  • Bolt -- November 21
  • Delgo -- December 12
  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
  • Dragon Hunters -- unknown
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Igor
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • $9.99 -- unknown
  • The Sky Crawlers -- unknown
  • Sword of the Stranger -- unknown
  • The Tale of Despereaux -- December 19
  • WALL•E
  • Waltz with Bashir -- December 26
Apparently $9.99 is the name of the film, not the price...I could certainly see that causing problems at your neighborhood DVD store..."but it says right here on the cover, $9.99!"

But...aside from that, I don't think the Australian feature $9.99 will be an Oscar nominee.

If the Academy does decide to go less mainstream, they will choose Waltz With Bashir. Waltz with Bashir is a German/Israeli/French film about the Israeli army mission in the first Lebannon war. Previous R-rated animated films by Richard Linklater (Waking Life & A Scanner Darkly) were critically loved but did not receive Oscar love, but things might be different for Israeli director Ari Folman?

Otherwise, I think we can assume that the nominees will be...

  • WALL•E
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Waltz with Bashir OR Bolt OR Horton Hears a Who

Okay...so my third pick is cheating...if I had to chose, I would actually predict Bolt will score the 3rd spot, partially because it'll go hand in hand with the nomination for best original song that Bolt will receive bringing us a John Travolta/Miley Cyrus duet at the Academy awards.


Loren Eaton said...

I hold out the entirely unrealistic hope that WALL•E will get a best-picture nod. It was a great example of excellent storytelling through and through.

Lorna said...

Kung Fu Panda? Really?