“Toy Story 3”
“Shrek Forever After”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”
“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
“Alpha and Omega”
“The Dreams of Jinsha”
“Idiots and Angels”
“My Dog Tulip”
According to Academy rules, in order for there to be five nominees, there has to be a total of 16 qualifying films, otherwise it defaults to only three nominated films. If you do the quick math above, you’ll see that there are only 15 films listed, just one shy of having five nominated films.
This is particularly aggravating considering the constant barrage of animated films (mainly CGI ones) that crowd up our multiplexes on a weekly basis. Yet because of some inane ‘rule’, we can only have five nominees if we have 16 films? Seriously? Which Academy moron came up with this one?
Of course, regardless of what the other two of three nominees are, you might as well just hand the Oscar over to Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” now and be done with it. Just about everyone on the planet (including FW Centauri’s review HERE) has hailed it as the best animated film of the year. Why even bother?
It also comes as no surprise that Disney managed to strong arm no less than three of their own projects into the running. Only the Mouse can manage to get crap like a “Tinkerbell” film qualified.
Of course, maybe we are better off with just three nominees considering we have other garbage like a “Cats & Dogs” sequel and a film with creepy looking talking owls.
Nominations will be announced on January 25, 2011. Oscars will be handed out on February 27, 2011.