Eligibility, long lists, short lists… signs that the Oscars aren’t that far away. As the early deadline for ballots looms on January 4th, nominations arriving not long afterward, the season has an ever-shifting momentum the Academy has desired for years. Now with the Foreign Language Film entries solidified, we now have eligibility status on another form-centric category. The animated feature race obviously isn’t nearly as exclusive as the processes that go into the Foreign Language race, but it does occasionally offer some noteworthy exclusions or inclusions. Most notably ineligible this year is The Secret World of Arrietty, which had international releases in 2011, though Studio Ghibli still has a dog in this race with From Up on Poppy Hill being distributed by GKIDS.
Though the category is continuing to become a more global fixture, many of the nominees will inevitably be studio efforts. Of the 21 eligible titles, all but assuring a five nomination field, 10 are wide releases from major studios or animation companies, Secret of the Wings being of odd designation given its one-week run at Disney’s El Capitan. Of course the chances of it being nominated are somewhat remote given its straight-to-DVD nature. Still, rely on one or two foreign animated titles to show up when the nominations are announced in two months time. You can see the full list of eligible titles below.
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 and Tandoori’s Christmas