Tuesday, November 5, 2013

And then there were five...

"Oh look, an Oscar nomination!"

Actually...there are 19, which means that there will be 5.  Yup, there are 19 eligible animated films for this year's Oscar and so that means we will have 5, not 3 nominees.  In a year with so many lackluster and critical flops, it's rather disheartening that something like this didn't happen in 2010 (when 'Despicable Me' and 'Tangled' were both snubbed).  I'm also wondering how this news will affect the race at all.  Opening the voting up may reduce the love for smaller films and could pave a way for bigger, dumber films to snag undeserving nominations.

Well, we'll find out soon enough.  For the record, here are the 19 eligible entries:

“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”

I still stand by my October predictions here.  'Monsters University' and 'The Wind Rises' are pretty much locked up here, unless a large voting block vitos 'The Wind Rises'.  'Frozen' is a late in the year Disney release and has the fortune of coming out in a very weak year.  After that, 'Ernest and Celeste' has the reviews and most likely the support to make it.  Then you have the battle of the critically mediocre ('Epic', 'Turbo', 'The Croods') and the sequels ('Despicable Me 2', 'Rio 2') and I think that 'Despicable Me 2' will come out on top.  So far it's the best animated film I've seen this year, so I'm happy with that.


  1. This year was a pretty shitty one for animated films. I'm thinking Monsters U takes the prize at this point, unless Frozen turns out to be spectacular.

    1. I came back to that line of thinking as well last month.

  2. I'm with you on your top 4, but I have The Croods getting in at #5. The Academy is too predictable here, so we can have fun watching Monsters U win (like we called months ago).