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article image20 animated features attempt to make qualifying run for Oscar

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 7, 2014 in Entertainment
They are often movies that make money. They are animated films. The one category that blockbuster and Oscar winner often go side by side.
That is not always the case with other best picture Oscar winners, but that story is for another day. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) revealed their lists of OScar contenders.
In a release, they noted that 20 films are entered for 87th Academy Awards. However there is a catch. Not all films have had a qualifying run. That means they must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year. At this time, eight films still need to do this.
On the way to this award, an animated feature can also qualify for best picture. One would think a favorite going in would be "The Lego Movie" but "Big Hero 6" will certainly have voters now since it came out in November.
The submitted features:
“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“Giovanni’s Island”
“Henry & Me”
“The Hero of Color City”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”
“The Lego Movie”
“Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“Penguins of Madagascar”
“The Pirate Fairy”
“Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Rio 2”
“Rocks in My Pockets”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
The nominations will be announced on Jan. 15. Oscars will be handed out at the Dolby Theater on Feb. 22 on ABC.
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