Oscar Nominations were announced this morning for the 85th Academy Awards®, scheduled to be hosted LIVE by Seth MacFarlane on February 24, 2013 on ABC. Of course, the 2 categories that all animation fans care about are the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film. We want to see what ToonBarn fans will pick as their favorites this year, so we have the polls open below. Go ahead and make your picks!
Twenty-one features had been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, were:
“Adventures in Zambezia”
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“From Up on Poppy Hill”
“Ice Age Continental Drift”
“A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“The Mystical Laws”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“The Rabbi’s Cat”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Secret of the Wings”
“Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
The ones that were announced as the official nominees this morning are:
Best Animated Feature Film Nominees:
Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Synopsis: Merida is a high-spirited Scottish princess who resists her mother’s efforts to transform her into a more ladylike young woman. Faced with an arranged marriage she doesn’t want, Merida runs away into the forest, where she encounters a witch who teaches her a dangerous spell.
Directed by Tim Burton
Synopsis: Young Victor Frankenstein is a science whiz who spends his time experimenting in his parents’ attic and filming amateur monster movies starring his dog, Sparky. When Sparky dies in an accident, however, Victor decides to see if he can reanimate his beloved pet.
Directed by Rich Moore
Synopsis: Ralph is a character in a video arcade game, a destructive, oversized demolitions expert who dreams of transforming himself from a villain into a hero. Leaving his own game behind, Ralph sets off on an odyssey through a series of games where his programmed propensity for violence works against his efforts to change.
Directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler
Synopsis: Norman Babcock is a smart, lonely boy living in the New England town of Blithe Hollow who has an unusual power: he can see the dead and communicate with the spirit world. His strange talent does little to endear him to his fellow students or his older sister, but it draws the attention of local eccentric Prenderghast, who gives him dire warnings of an approaching curse.
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
Directed by Peter Lord
Synopsis: The Pirate Captain leads a band of buccaneers who remain fiercely loyal to him despite his shortcomings as a raider and pillager. Facing stiff competition from more successful high seas brigands, the Captain is nevertheless determined to capture the prestigious Pirate of the Year award.
There were 10 animated short films that made the “short” list before the announcement was made of the 5 nominees this morning. The shortlist of animated shorts seeking an Oscar nomination were:
“Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
“Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)
“Dripped,” Leo Verrier, director (ChezEddy)
“The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” Raul Garcia, director, and Stephan Roelants, producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
“Fresh Guacamole,” PES, director (PES)
“Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ ” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
“Paperman,” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
“Tram,” Michaela Pavlatova, director, and Ron Dyens, producer (Sacrebleu Productions)
The films that were announced as the official nominees this morning are:
(These are the first Academy Award nominations for every person in this category.)
Best Animated Short Film Nominees:
“Adam and Dog”
Directed by Minkyu Lee
Synopsis: A playful dog exploring the newly created world comes upon the first man.
Directed by PES
Synopsis: An unseen cook uses a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole.
“Head over Heels”
Directed by Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Synopsis: The emotional distance between a long-married husband and wife has resulted in an unusual living arrangement.
“Maggie Simpson in `The Longest Daycare'”
Directed by David Silverman
Synopsis: Maggie Simpson attends the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she finds a caterpillar and faces off against her nemesis.
Directed by John Kahrs
Synopsis: A young man working in an office tries desperately to attract the attention of a girl in the building across the street.
We want you to vote for your favorites in our Oscar Poll for both Categories. Then, feel free to comment below on why you picked the films you picked as your favorites. You can even comment about films that were not picked as nominees, as you may have had other favorites that came out in 2012.
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