Tuesday, November 5, 2013

19 Animated Features Submitted For 2013 Oscar Race

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®.

Among the eligible submissions is the first 3D Canadian animated feature, The Legend of Sarila by Nancy Florence Savard. The story is based on Inuit culture and stars Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Genevieve Bujold, Dustin Milligan, Timothy Rozon, Natar Ungalaaq, and Elisapie Isaac.

Also nominated for the Animated Feature Oscar is revered Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's final film The Wind Rises. He has announced his retirement due to his age and failing eyesight.

The 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

The Croods

Despicable Me 2


Ernest and Celestine

The Fake

Free Birds



The Legend of Sarila

A Letter to Momo

Monsters University

O Apóstolo


Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion

Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury

The Smurfs 2


The Wind Rises

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with 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 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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