Wind Rises, Madoka Magica, Momo Submitted for Oscar Nominations
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
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
- Ernest and Celestine
- The Fake
- Free Birds
- The Legend of Sarila
- Monsters University
- O Apóstolo
- Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury
- The Smurfs 2
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.
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.