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For what its worth The Academy has disqualified The Smurfs from the Animated Feature race. No one expected it to be nominated but it's still important to note. 18 films were submitted and the category requires 16 qualifying entries for five-wise "Best" category. If more are disqualified before the nomination ballots go out, the shortlist may get, well, shorter. It's a curious and quite competitive category this year given the rarity of a Pixar fumble and a frontrunner (Rango) that is not quite beloved. That said, Pixar's Cars 2 could still well be nominated from force of habit. The Golden Globes went there despite several more acclaimed option and so did the Annies though they select ten nominees so it was practically a gimme. It's kind of a nail biter, isn't it? Do you think Pixar will manage a nod?

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Leo as villain!? Oscar!

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternic

I pray that Cars 2 does not get nominated, but I'm very afraid it will.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Ooh, thanks for the link to that interview with Lucy *Walters*, who I think was, among Shame's below-the-title cast, best in show (along with, of course, Nicole Beharie -- me thinks a star is born...in both cases).

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Oscar needs to bitch slap this silliness out of Pixar. No nom. If you make garbage, no one will love you, it's that simple for everyone else, and it should be the same for Pixar.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony A.

Mareko -- thanks for teh catch. Jeez. trying to give her props and i get her name wrong. whoopsie.

anthony a -- alas it's not that simple for *everyone* else: see also Clint Eastwood whose movies always manage nods no matter how lame they are: hereafter, flags, changeling, j edgar next.

December 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I think the only other potential disqualification is the new Chipmunks film. Everything else in the category (as far as I know) is fully animated.

I cannot see Cars 2 getting in. If they're going to go for a sequel, it's Kung Fu Panda. In many ways, that's one improves on the original. It features multiple styles of animation and a much more mature story. It's kid friendly still but a bit more worthy of discussion than the original's "panda wants to be a ninja" plot. And even then, it looks like there's enough quality animation this year to avoid sequels altogether.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

Cars 2 will get nominated. Who else are the Disney/Pixar people going to vote for?

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Youre right Nathaniel, I guess Oscar likes their lovers abusive and riddled in poor quality -_-.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony A.

Actually if I don’t mind this year if we only have 3 slots for animation. I’d pick Rango, Winnie the Pooh, and Puss In Boots. That’s it. I haven’t seen Tintin though. But 3 slots are enough for this weak year for animation.

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