Candidates for feature-length animated film Oscar Announced.

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Where's the Anime?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the eligible candidates for an Academy Award (Oscar) in the new Best Animated Feature category were announced today.

The candidates are as follows:

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu
Monsters, Inc.
Osmosis Jones
The Prince of Light
The Trumpet of the Swan
Waking Life

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu will also be eligible provided they are released by December 31st; both films are scheduled to be released on time.

By now you will surely have noticed that there is no Anime in the above list.... well, almost, Yugo Sako's "The Prince of Light", an interesting merging of Indian art and Japanese Animation, could be considered Anime.

So what happenned to the theatrically released Anime titles that were submitted as potential candidates? Unfortunately the Academy has the very reasonable policy of not publicising which films do not make the cut off limit or why they do not.

The only Anime titles known to have been submitted are Jin-Roh and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Both films were among the 13 candidates submitted. While it is possible that Blood: The Last Vampire could aslo have been submitted, its ineligibility was confirmed when 75 minute minimum running time was announced.

Dissapointing to say the least.

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