19 animated features start march to 2014 Oscar noms, ceremony

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .


Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category of the 86th Academy Awards. The list will be whittled to five (most likely) by the time nominations are announced Jan. 16. 
Some of these movies have yet to play Pittsburgh  — or Los Angeles — although “Frozen” will open on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving: 
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest and Celestine”
“The Fake”
“Free Birds“
“The Legend of Sarila”
“A Letter to Momo”
“Monsters University”
“O Apostolo”
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
“The Smurfs 2”
“The Wind Rises”
At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated. 
And the winners in recent years: 
2001 — “Shrek.” 
2002 — “Spirited Away.” 
2003 — “Finding Nemo.” 
2004 — “The Incredibles.” 
2005 — “Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” 
2006 — “Happy Feet.”
20007 — “Ratatouille.”
2008 — “WALL-E.” 
2009 — “Up.”  
2010 — “Toy Story 3.” 
2011 — “Rango.” 
2012 — “Brave.” 
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 8:30 a.m (Pittsburgh time) in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscars will be presented March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and televised live on ABC. 


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