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Are Animated Films No Longer ALLOWED to Compete for Best Picture?

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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I noticed this from the FYC pages of the previous year that animated films weren’t submitting for Best Picture instead all of them for Best Animated Feature and Best Director.

    The reason for this seemed that Animated Feature now allows the directors AND producers to be nominated, and I guess you can’t have the same producers to be nominated for Animated Feature and Picture. A stupid rule.

    This of course pisses me off more THIS YEAR when I felt that The LEGO Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 deserved to be in the Best Picture contention, and this makes me worried for Inside Out next year if the film turns out to be as good as the early news says. 

    “Proof” can be found here: http://www.warnerbros2014.com/screenings/film.php?film=lego

    What do you think about this? 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    If it’s true, then it is ridiculous. Any film should be able to compete in Best Picture, and especially because there are always excellent animated films. Once Pixar gets it’s groove back, hopefully with Inside Out, I expect we will see the animated films return to BP contention.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I know right? This is a stupid, ridiculous rule that they should change.

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    Animated films are allowed to compete in Best Picture.

    http://www.oscars.org/sites/default/files/87aa_rules.pdf

    “Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.”

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    ^ If that is true then riddle me this…

    Why is it that not one feature film last year or this year (so far) isn’t campaigning for Best Picture even though they are perfectly allowed too? Wouldn’t stuff like Frozen or The LEGO Movie with their obvious box office and critical success want to push a Best Picture campaign as much as possible? And why is it the recipients for Best Animated Feature include the Directors and the Producers when before they could only have the Directors and/or producers. 

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    I think no animated films are campaigning for Best Picture this year probably because very few have crossed over to get noms there in the past, and the ones that did, were all Pixar, not to mention it’s been a few years since that last happened. I think the people handling the campaigns just prefer to focus on what they actually have a shot at getting nommed for and actually winning, in this case (if Frozen couldn’t get a nom, other contenders won’t feel like they will? Maybe that’s it). But I’m sure once Pixar releases something they will campaign for a BP nom. 

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