According to the news released just a few hours ago, there will be no chance for a Japanese animation to be even nominated for an Oscar. The 18 titles which have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards® are not all available too, since quite a lot have not been theatrically released in Los Angeles country yet (and this is a requirement in order to participate in the voting stage).
Movies submitted in this category can also participate in the battle for the treasured award in other categories such as Best Picture.
Here is the full list of 18 candidates:
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
“A Cat in Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Gnomeo & Juliet”
“Happy Feet Two”
“Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Mars Needs Moms”
“Puss in Boots”
“Winnie the Pooh”
Even though there is obviously a love relationship between the nominated titles ad Asia, it seems like there will not be a big chance for a truly Asian animation to participate in the race. Although, I am not entirely certain I do care about the Oscars at all…
Source: Official announcement
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