While it seems as if the entire world is already gearing up for the holiday season, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences already has their eye on the new year and the Academy Awards ceremony set for the end of February. The Academy has announced the list of films who should met all the preliminary requirements for being eligible for nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. (Alvin And The Chipmunks, Beowulf and Persepolis have not yet met the requirement that they screen for at least one week in Los Angeles, but are all scheduled to go into general release by the end of the year.)
The 12 eligible films are-
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
- Bee Movie
- Meet the Robinsons
- Shrek the Third
- The Simpsons Movie
- Surf’s Up
Out of these 12, three films will be selected to be placed on the ballot for Oscar voting. The official nominees will be announced on January 22, 2008.
Having seen a majority of the films listed, I would say that the major contenders would be Bee Movie, Beowulf, Persepolis, Ratatouille and Shrek The Third, although I have some reservations on how a film created almost entirely through live actors’ actions being translated into animation through a process called motion capture manages to be considered animation.
Personally, Persepolis, which opens at Christmas, is the best of the lot, but as we all know, the Oscar doesn’t always go to the best in the nominated category. Yes, Shrek’s 2001 Oscar win, I’m looking at you.
The Academy Awards will be presented on February 24, 2008.