Oscar hopefuls up the ani

Increase in animated submissions might widen field to five

A record 20 films have been submitted for consideration in Oscar’s animated feature film category.

The surfeit of entries is likely to force the Academy to nominate five animated films for only the second time since the category was created in 2001. Academy rules state that if fewer than 16 films are submitted in the category, only three can be nominated.

More nominations in the category could prove helpful to smaller films included among the entries.

Studio films include Disney’s “A Christmas Carol,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” Disney/Pixar’s “Up” and Disney/Studio Ghibli’s “Ponyo”; DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s “Monsters vs. Aliens”; Focus Features’ “Coraline” and “9”; Fox’s “The Dolphin — Story of a Dreamer,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and Fox/Blue Sky’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”; Lionsgate’s “Battle for Terra”; Sony’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” and “Planet 51”; and Summit Entertainment’s.”Astro Boy.”

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Indie submissions include: IFC’s “Mary & Max”; Kandor Graphics and YaYa! Films’ “The Missing Lynx”; GKids’ “The Secret of Kells,” from Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2; and Zeitgeist Films’ “A Town Called Panic.”

The Academy cautioned, however, that “Squeakquel,” “Dreamer,” “Mr. Fox,” “Planet 51,” “Princess,” “Kells” and “Panic” have not yet had required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be unveiled Feb. 2.

A list of the 20 submissions follows:

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" (Fox 2000)
"Astro Boy" (Summit)
"Battle for Terra" (Lionsgate)
"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" (Sony Animation)
"Coraline" (Focus)
"Disney's A Christmas Carol"
"The Dolphin -- Story of a Dreamer" (20th Century Fox)
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (20th Century Fox)
"Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" (20th Century Fox)
"Mary & Max" (IFC)
"The Missing Lynx" (Kandor Graphics, YaYa! Films)
"Monsters vs. Aliens" (DreamWorks Animation)
"9" (Focus)
"Planet 51" (Sony)
"Ponyo" (Disney and Studio Ghibli)
"The Princess and the Frog" (Disney)
"The Secret of Kells" (Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon, France 2 Cinema)
"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" (Disney)
"A Town Called Panic" (Studio Canal)
"Up" (Disney/Pixar)
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