Fourteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 81st Academy Awards®. They are:
Bolt, Delgo, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Dragon Hunters, Fly Me to the Moon, Igor, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, $9.99, The Sky Crawlers, Sword of the Stranger, The Tale of Despereaux, WALL•E and Waltz with Bashir.
Under Academy rules only three of these will make the final round of nominations for the category with those titles being announced on January 22nd. Half of these titles listed however have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run and thus the rules may change again.
It’s expected that Pixar’s popular hit “WALL•E” and the acclaimed Israeli animated documentary “Waltz with Bashir” are pretty much locks for two of three nods.