And this year's newest Oscar record could be set by … Mickey Mouse?
Disney may have as many as three films nominated for Best Animated Feature, an accomplishment not yet achieved by any other studio.
Of the 21 eligible films, five have been submitted by Disney.
Most notable among the five is "Brave," the Disney-Pixar product that received a middling critical response (many still consider it one of Pixar's less-compelling projects) but whose domestic box-office numbers broke $235 million.
Just behind that is "Frankenweenie," the Tim Burton passion project based on a short film of the same name. Though its box office numbers are not nearly as impressive as Disney's other top-tier offerings, "Frankenweenie" is still considered to be a better film that Burton's last animated flick, "The Corpse Bride" – which, should I remind you, managed a nomination in a three-slot race.
Then there is this weekend's #1 film, "Wreck-It Ralph", Rich Moore's bad-guys-ain't-so-bad comedy set in the imaginative world of arcade games.
Less likely to receive nominations for Disney is the straight-to-DVD Tinkerbell-centric "Secret
of the Wings."
Other studios will not let Disney accomplish the possible three-for-one without a fight.
LAIKA, a studio that garnered a nomination for "Coraline" back in 2009, will certainly be pushing its horror-comedy "ParaNorman" for one of the five nomination slots, even as Sony Pictures totes "Hotel Transylvania," which had an all-star voice cast and boasts better grosses than LAIKA or Burton's films.
If it comes down to only one animated horror flick making the category, will "Frankenweenie" be the one to make the cut?
In past years, Disney, Dreamworks Animation, and Sony Pictures have each had two films
nominated for Animated Feature in a single year.
Last year, Dreamworks had both their "Shrek"-spinoff "Puss in Boots" and their successful sequel "Kung Fu Panda 2" nominated in the category, though the Oscar ultimately went to Nickelodeon and Paramount's Western parody "Rango."
In 2009, Disney received two nods, one for their in-house musical "Princess and the Frog," and the other for their Pixar collaboration "Up," which went home the winner.
And in 2007, Sony Pictures released two of the year's three nominees -- "Persepolis" and "Surf's Up" -- only to lose to the third candidate, "Ratatouille."
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