The Academy has announced that there are 19 films that have been submitted for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. There are some expected films on the list, such as Monsters University, Despicable Me 2 and Disney’s upcoming Frozen. But, there are also some surprises, such as The Smurfs 2 and some foreign films like O Apostolo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion and Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury.
Two sequels should be able to make the final cut, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Despicable Me 2, but also look for the recent release Free Birds to make a case for its inclusion.
The full list of animated movie Oscar contenders:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
The Legend of Sarila
A Letter to Momo
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion
Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury
The Smurfs 2
The Wind Rises
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be revealed January 16, with the awards handed out March 2 with Ellen DeGeneres hosting.