The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced the titles of twenty animated films that are being considered for the Best Animated Feature category. The award-giving body will pick five nominees from the list of submissions. For an animated film to be considered, it must have a running time of at least 40 minutes, as well as a rating of 7.5 on a scale of 6 to 10.
According to Awards Circuit, “Big Hero 6”, “The Lego Movie”, “How to Train Your Dragon2”, “The Boxtrolls” and “Song of the Sea” are expected to make the cut. However, “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”, “The Penguins of Madagascar”, “The Book of Life”, “Rocks in my Pocket” and “Rio 2” are also strong contenders for the category.
Indiewire contributor Peter Knegt predicted that “The Lego Movie” will bag the award, though “Big Hero 6” also has a good shot at winning.
Other films that have been sent for consideration include “Cheatin”, “Giovanni's Island”, “Hnery & Me”, “The Hero of Color City”, “Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart”, “Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return” “Miniscule – Valley of the Lost Arts”, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, “The Pirate Fairy” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue”.
The category was established in 2001. Since its inception, the category had only had three nominees, with the exception of 2002 and 2009, when there were five.
For the category to be included in the awards ceremony, at least eight of the submitted films must have a theatrical release in Los Angeles county. So far, several of the listed films have not be shown in Los Angeles; they will not qualify as nominees unless they hit cinemas in the area.
There were nineteen submissions last year. Disney box office hit “Frozen” was awarded Best Animated Film.
The nominees will be announced via live telecast on January 15, 2015 at Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 87th Academy Awards will take place on February 22, 2015 at Dolby Theater, with Neil Patrick Harris as host.
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