Twenty Contend For Animated Feature Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences have announced the 20 films that are eligible for nomination for Best Animated Feature Film for the 2010 Academy Awards. They are-

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic

Under Academy rules, there need to be at least 16 potential films that meet all of the qualifying rules in order for their to be five nominees in this category. Even though seven of them – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Planet 51, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells and A Town Called Panic -have not had their qualifying theatrical run in LA,enough of them should to satisfy the rules. Of the 20 films, I would say that Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ponyo, The Princess And The Frog, A Town Called Panic and Up would be strong contenders for the five slots available. I hope no one is thinking that Astro Boy has any kind of a chance.

The nominees for the Academy Awards will be announced on February 2, 2010 and the Oscar award show will be held on March 7.

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