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Wind Rises, Madoka Magica, Momo Submitted for Oscar Nominations

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
19 total films submitted for possible 5-nominee field for animated feature film category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday that 19 films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards to be held on March 2, 2014. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises, Akiyuki Shinbo and SHAFT's Madoka Magica The Movie -Rebellion-, and Production I.G and Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo have been submitted for nomination.

The other 16 films submitted for nomination include:

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Epic
  • Ernest and Celestine
  • The Fake
  • Free Birds
  • Frozen
  • Khumba
  • The Legend of Sarila
  • Monsters University
  • O Apóstolo
  • Planes
  • Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Turbo

The list includes films that have not yet held their Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles. The nominees will be announced on January 16, 2014. The academy allows up to five nominations in this category if 16 or more films are submitted and accepted; if only 13 to 15 films are accepted, the academy will allow only a maximum of four nominations; if only eight to 12 films are accepted, the academy will allow only a maximum of two to three nominations.

From Up On Poppy Hill and The Mystical Laws were submitted for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards last year, but were not nominated (Brave eventually won the category last year).

No anime was submitted for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. Mamoru Hosoda and MADHOUSE's Summer Wars anime film was submitted for the 83rd Academy Awards, but was not nominated.

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo also qualified for a nomination in the 82nd Academy Awards, but did not receive one. Similarly, Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G's The Sky Crawlers and Masahiro Ando and BONES' Sword of the Stranger were among the 14 films submitted for the same category for the 81st Academy Awards; both were eventually accepted in the category but were not nominated.

The first time that five animated features were nominated in the category was in 2002, when Miyazaki's Spirited Away was submitted among 17 candidates. Spirited Away eventually became the only Japanese animated feature to win an Oscar. Kunio Katō's "La Maison en Petits Cubes" won in the Best Animated Short Film category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009.

Source: Variety

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