Oscar docs down to 15; Annie Award contenders announced

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

The awards news just keeps coming today:

oscarpicblog1204Fifteen documentaries have moved a step closer to being nominated for an Academy Award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that 15 films in the documentary feature category had advanced in the process, narrowed from 126.

In alphabetical order they are: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"; "Bully"; "Chasing Ice"; "Detropia"; "Ethel"; "5 Broken Cameras"; "The Gatekeepers"; "The House I Live In"; "How to Survive a Plague"; and "The Imposter."

Also, "The Invisible War"; "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God"; "Searching for Sugar Man"; "This Is Not a Film" and "The Waiting Room."

Documentary Branch members will select five nominees from the short list. The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10. Oscars will be presented Feb. 24 in Hollywood.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers will open "Chasing Ice," which captures the world's changing glaciers, Dec. 28 at the Regent Square Theater.

On another front, where it's all about animation, eight movies, including "Rise of the Guardians," "Brave" and "Wreck-It Ralph," have been nominated for best animated feature at the 40th annual Annie Awards.

Also in contention: "Frankenweenie," "Hotel Transylvania" (which garnered a nod for Adam Sandler), "ParaNorman," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and "The Rabbi's Cat."

The awards honor animated productions in 30 categories, including best animated feature, animated special production, commercials, short subjects and outstanding individual achievements.

frankenweenieposter"Rise of the Guardians," "Brave" and "Wreck-It Ralph" each have 10 nominations, with "Hotel Transylvania" and "ParaNorman" each scoring eight.

Contenders for voice acting in an animated feature: Sandler as Dracula in "Hotel Transylvania"; Alan Tudyk as King Candy, "Wreck-It Ralph"; Atticus Shaffer as Edgar "E" Gore and Catherine O'Hara as Weird Girl, both "Frankenweenie"; Imelda Staunton as Queen Victoria, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"; Jim Cummings as Budzo in "Adventures in Zambezia"; Jude Law as Pitch in "Rise of the Guardians"; and Kelly Macdonald as Merida in "Brave."

The awards will be presented Feb. 2 at UCLA's Royce Hall.


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