Wednesday, November 16, 2011

84th Oscar Animated Feature Updates (2011-2012 Awards Season) (11/16/11)

For anyone who thinks animation is just kids’ stuff, I offer you this: six of these films are currently among the top twenty grossing films in the U.S. this year, and another four haven’t been released yet. That’s a whole lot of adult money if you ask me.

Will the animators go ahead and nominate the motion captured Tintin, instantly placing Spielberg into the lead? Are there enough Pixar employees to put Cars 2 into the running? Is the current buzz about Arthur Christmas merely a fad, or can it really hold out through February? What to make of the four foreign language films that helped push the number of nominees up to a possible five? Can the mature themes of Chico & Rita or Wrinkles make it into the pack? And of course, we can’t forget that this category has special rules involving a selection committee and quality rankings, which always makes for a few surprises!

Here are today’s rankings for the 84th Animated Feature race, with previous ranking shown in parenthesis after each entry.

1. Steven Spielberg for The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (Predicted Winner) (previous rank 31, because I thought it would be disqualified for Motion Capture)
2. Gore Verbinski for Rango (previous rank 1)
3. Sarah Smith for Arthur Christmas (previous rank 18)
4. Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba for Chico & Rita (previous rank 3)
5. Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall for Winnie The Pooh (previous rank 5)

6. Jennifer Yuh for Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom Of Doom (previous rank 7)
7. Ignacio Ferreras for Wrinkles (Arrugas) (New)
8. Chris Miller for Puss In Boots (previous rank 14)
9. Carlos Saldanha for Rio (previous rank 4)
10. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol for A Cat In Paris (Une Vie De Chat) (New)
11. John Lasseter and Brad Lewis for Cars 2 (previous rank 9)
12. Tomas Lunak for Alois Nebel (New)
13. George Miller for Happy Feet 2 (previous rank 13)
14. Kelly Asbury for Gnomeo And Juliet (previous rank 20)
15. Simon Wells for Mars Needs Moms (previous rank 28)
16. Mike Mitchell for Alvin And The Chipmunks 3: Chip-Wrecked (previous rank 19)
17. Raja Gosnell for The Smurfs (previous rank 30)
18. Mike Disa for Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil (previous rank 17)

As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!
See Animated Feature predictions for other years HERE.
If you’re really into animation, check out the Animated Shorts also.
See predictions for other categories at the 84th Oscars HERE.
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  1. That's a really sad year for animated features. The fact that Rango is #2 should say something as it probably wouldn't be in the top 5 last year.

  2. love the also predicting tintin winning or maybe rango could be a surprise too

  3. I just saw Rango yesterday and liked it a lot. But everyone loves Tintin, so I guess that ranking is very appropriated.

  4. Rango and Tintin are definitely in. I don't know who will win out of those two though. Also with such a weak year I am expecting a huge surprise like that one year when Secret of the Kells was nominated. I will be rooting for Kung Fu Panda 2 which was my favorite of the 4 animated films I've seen so far this year.

  5. @ Castor. Agreed. I wish they had allowed more nominees last year, when there seemed to be some better options.

    @ F. Franklin and @ Mette, Some folks are saying that Tintin might have trouble getting the nomination from the animators branch, but presuming it does I think it will be a win for sure from the Academy as a whole.

    @ Ryan, I think we will have a surprise too, and I am secretly hoping that it will come in the form of multiple foreign nominees, given the way the U.S. animation has turned out this year.

    Thanks again all!

  6. South Korea's LEAFIE, GREEN DAYS and KING OF PIGS, Denmark's THE GREAT BEAR, and Japan's PRINCESS AND THE PILOT and LETTER FROM MOMO are all unrepresented in this list. At least ALOIS NEBEL and CHICO AND RITA are. The foreign entries deserve more attention in 2011; the U.S. entries are definitely weak.

  7. Thanks Waterloo! I agree that the U.S. entries look rather weak this year. It's unfortunate that more foreign animated films (and foreign films in general) don't get shown in the States, and therefor aren't eligible for the awards. It's especially unfortunate this year when they might have had a better chance than most years to make the cut!