Which Films Are Up For the Best Animated Feature Oscar?
The Oscars are a strange beast. Although we won't know the actual nominees until early next year, predictions are already flying fast and furious (didn't you hear that 'Argo' is going to win Best Picture?). To be fair, the award prognosticators have plenty of evidence to back up their predictions and claims. Now that the list of the 21 movies eligible for the Best Animated Feature award has been released, we can start wildly predicting in a new category.
Most years, we can scan this list, find the Pixar film and put all of our money down. That's not the case this year, so all bets are literally off. While 'Brave' has its fans (and may still snag a nomination), it's no 'Toy Story 3' or 'Finding Nemo.' Heck, it's barely 'A Bugs Life.' A quick glance at the eligible films reveal one of the most interesting line-ups in recent memory, mainly because there's no clear frontrunner.
'Adventures in Zambezia'
'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax'
'From Up on Poppy Hill'
'Ice Age: Continental Drift'
'A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman'
'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'
'The Mystical Laws'
'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'
'The Rabbi's Cat'
'Rise of the Guardians'
'Secret of the Wings'
'Walter & Tandoori's Christmas'
Of the mainstream releases, 'Frankenweenie,' 'Madagascar 3,' 'ParaNorman' and 'Wreck-It Ralph' have all received much critical adoration and 'Rise of the Guardians' is already building up some strong buzz. Could those be the nominees? Of could the Academy sneak a few of the lesser-known foreign releases in there, as they are wont to do?
What do you think? If you had to nominate five films from this bunch, which ones would you pick?