The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the shortlist of films that will compete for Best Animated Feature at next year’s Oscar ceremony. Australia’s own Mary and Max is one of 20 films that are under consideration.
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
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic
The last time there were five nominees was in 2002, when Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away took the top prize.
If I had to make some predictions, I would say the five frontrunners are Up, Ponyo, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and our very own Mary and Max. Critics didn’t fall in love with A Christmas Carol, Monsters vs. Aliens or Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Perhaps the only wildcard is Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is yet to receive a wide release in the U.S.
Discuss: So, which four movies will lose to Up?