Academy announces 21 qualifying titles for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar
Okay, well, I missed a few unseen contenders. I had a feeling I might since suddenly messages were being left on my phone from publicists pitching fringe hopefuls.
In addition to 16 of the Best Animated Feature Film contenders we have already thoroughly charted (and minus "Dino Time," which didn't bother -- who can blame them? -- and "Arjun: The Warrior Prince," which I had been led to believe by Disney would qualify), the Academy has announced five more qualifying titles for a big ole' list of 21. So that means we will definitely have a full slate of five nominees in the category, though that was already expected.
The other five are "Adventures in Zambezia" (which we had our eye on but never noticed a distributor come on board), "Delhi Safari," "Hey Krishna," "The Mystical Laws" and "Walter & Tandoori's Christmas." Check out the full slate below, as well as the aforementioned gallery running through most of the contenders, and let the guessing begin!
"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 & Tandoori's Christmas"
Keep track of this year's Best Animated Feature Film race all season long at the category's Contenders page.
1989 | Foreign | NC-17Summary: The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been int...Director: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Richard Bohringer
1997 | Action | RSummary: Odd comedy about a contract killer played by John Cusack who tries to balance completing a job with rekindling an old romance while home for his high school reunion.Director: George Armitage
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd
1993 | Action | PG-13Summary: A young man gets the chance to work alongside his movie idol (Arnold Schwarzenegger) when he’s pulled right into the movie in this cleverly meta spin on big-ticket action films.Director: John McTiernan
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney
1957 | Drama | NRSummary: Brilliantly visceral re-telling of Macbeth, with feudal Japan replacing Scotland, and Toshiba Mifune and Isuzu Yamada in sensational performances as Lord and Lady Macbeth.Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada
2009 | Comedy | NRSummary: The US President and the UK Prime Minister are looking to launch a war in the Middle East. The plot follows government officials and advisers in their behind-the-scenes efforts either to promote the war or prevent it. Spinal Tap meets Strangelove. A satirical demolition of Whitehall and Washingto...Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini
1969 | Comedy | NRSummary: The mischievous mascot of the Pink Panther films gets his own show featuring strange and delightful animated antics.Director: n/a
Cast: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry
1997 | Drama | RSummary: Matt Damon got his break as an MIT janitor who hides his mathematical brilliance, but is eventually guided by a therapist played beautifully by Robin Williams. Damon and Ben Affleck, who also appears, won an Oscar for their original screenplay.Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: A rogue businessman, a middle-aged designer and a hotshot young programmer conspire to build a computer to rival IBM's early dominance.Director: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
1999 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Charming romantic fantasy about a slightly stodgy British bookshop clerk who, through chance, strikes up a relationship with a glamorous American movie star. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are well-matched in this gentle romantic comedy.Director: Roger Mitchell
Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
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