From 'Rango' to 'Smurfs,' Rating the 18 Animated Oscar Contenders' Prospects

This year's race for Best Animated Feature prize is among the most competitive ever

levin animated movies oscars banner 615.jpg

Various

Ever since it was introduced ten years ago, the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature has been among the more controversial Oscar categories: Some say it relegates movies to kid-friendly ghetto, preventing truly great animated films from getting a Best Picture nod.

But that evidently hasn't stopped filmmakers from entering their work into Best Animated Feature race. This year, 18 movies have been submitted to the Academy for consideration—the second-highest number ever—which means there will be five nominees for just the third time in the award's history, so long as each movie meets the eligibility requirements. (Last year, by contrast, only three films were nominated because only 15 were submitted).

Of course, some of the contenders are less than serious (The Smurfs). Others, like the performance-capture Adventures of Tin-Tin, will test conventional wisdom about the Academy's tolerance for innovative techniques. But the volume of interest in the award suggests that studios and filmmakers may be getting over the longstanding criticism of the Best Animated Feature category. An Oscar is an Oscar, after all.

The five nominees will be announced on Jan. 24, but here's a look at the chances of the 18 films vying for the honor, which were made public late last week:

Read More

Presented by

Robert Levin writes about film and other entertainment topics for amNewYork, Inside Jersey, Backstage, and elsewhere. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online guild.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Entertainment

Just In