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  • Daniel B.
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    Which film do you feel was most snubbed for a nomination for Best Animated Feature since the category was introduced in 2001? (sorry, no Snow White or Beauty and the Beast or Toy Story)

    As a reminder, here is a list of all of the films that have been nominated for the prize (winners in bold):

    2001 – Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius / Monsters, Inc. / Shrek
    2002 – Ice Age / Lilo & Stitch / Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron / Spirited Away / Treasure Planet
    2003 – Brother Bear / Finding Nemo / The Triplets of Belleville
    2004 – The Incredibles / Shark Tale / Shrek 2
    2005 – Corpse Bride / Howl’s Moving Castle / Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    2006 – Cars / Happy Feet / Monster House
    2007 – Persepolis / Ratatouille / Surf’s Up
    2008 – Bolt / Kung Fu Panda / WALL-E
    2009 – Coraline / Fantastic Mr. Fox / The Princess and the Frog / The Secret of Kells / Up
    2010 –  How to Train Your Dragon / The Illusionist / Toy Story 3
    2011 –  A Cat in Paris / Chico & Rita / Kung Fu Panda 2 / Puss in Boots / Rango
    2012 – Brave / Frankenweenie / ParaNorman / The Pirates! Band of Misfits / Wreck-It Ralph

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    Beau S.
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    The years where the category only contained 3 nominees were the most pointless – and it was those years that resulted in the most snubs.

    The Polar Express, The Simpsons Movie, Waltz with Bashir, Despicable Me and Tangled were all snubbed because of that idiotic rule.

    I voted for Despicable Me. 

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    Daniel B.
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    The years where the category only contained 3 nominees were the most pointless – and it was those years that resulted in the most snubs.

    The Polar Express, The Simpsons Movie, Waltz with Bashir, Despicable Me and Tangled were all snubbed because of that idiotic rule.

    I voted for Despicable Me. 

    I think when you look at the inaugural year of the Animated Feature category, it’s easy to see why they started that rule in the first place. While it no doubt meant leaving Waking Life off the ballot, had they allowed five nominees, one of the following films would have been nominated: Osmosis Jones, The Prince of Light, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu, and The Trumpet of the Swan.  None of these have an IMDB rating higher than 6.4 (Final Fantasy, thanks to fanboys), and none have a Rotten Tomatoes score higher than 55% (Osmosis Jones).  Unfortunately, in every year since then, there have been more than enough quality films that would have made up a respectable 5-film lineup.

    The minimum of 16 submitted films is a bit steep for the 5-nominees-exception to apply. 2010 had 15 submitted films, so while I am glad that a film like The Illusionist was able to get nominated and benefit from an Oscar nomination over many overexposed blockbusters, Despicable Me and Tangled should have been on the ballot as well that year.

    Perhaps if they had a similar voting process to that of the Best Picture lineup allowing “anywhere between 5 and 10, as long as they get 5% of votes,” but instead where there can be “anywhere between 3 and 5 nominees, as long as they get x% of votes.” Why a four nominee-race is never an option seems odd, when there have been 9 Best Picture nominees for the last two years. This could mean that years with 5 nominees might not have had some lukewarm nominees like Treasure Planet, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, The Secret of Kells, Chico & Rita, A Cat in Paris or The Pirates! Band of Misfits getting nominated, but in years with 3 nominees, films with stronger support like The Simpsons Movie, Waltz with Bashir, Tangled and Despicable Me may have possibly ending up as fourth (or fifth) nominees.

    Or, perhaps instead of 8-15 releases = 3 nominees, they could have:
    8-11 releases = 3 nominees
    12-15 releases = 4 nominees
    16+ releases = 5 nominees

    Fortunately, the number of submitted films has been on an incline, with 3/4 of the 5-picture lineups occuring in the last 4 years (and as I had mentioned, 2010 was just one film shy of making the cut).  But either way, it’s about time the rules for this category received an update. They were applicable to the quality of films released in the year 2001, but quickly became a blemished formula that wouldn’t work every year. 

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    Have u seen Chico and Rita? Animated Film category are doing quite well lately. They nominated quite good films… The Secrets of Kellis, is also a great movie. I like when they pick quality instead of the big name.

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    Daniel B.
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    Have u seen Chico and Rita? Animated Film category are doing quite well lately. They nominated quite good films… The Secrets of Kellis, is also a great movie. I like when they pick quality instead of the big name.

    I completely agree with you about the Academy’s ability at picking quality films over movies everyone has already heard of. Perhaps I shouldn’t have clumped some of the lesser-known titles together with major studio box office disappointments Treasure Planet and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron as all being “lukewarm” films. I am aware that The Secret of Kells, Chico & Rita, A Cat in Paris or The Pirates! Band of Misfits all had great reviews, but what I meant was that these were films that were unfortunately going unnoticed at most precursors, had little to no impact at the North American box office, and thus their nominations ended up being surprises to most when it seemed like there was no support for the films, thus why I referred to them as “lukewarm.”

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    seabel
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    I can’t believe I’m the only one who voted for WALTZ WITH BASHIR.

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    Daniel B.
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    I can’t believe I’m the only one who voted for WALTZ WITH BASHIR.

    I agree. I expected that to get a lot more votes in this poll. I’m also surprised that nobody has voted for Tintin yet, which was pretty much neck-and-neck with Rango as the frontrunner to win before nominations were announced. 

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    Matty G
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    Arthur Christmas. Both it and Tintin were snubbed in 2011.

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