November 11, 2008

14 Cartoons Submitted for Animated Oscar

Fourteen full-length movies have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for Hollywood's 81st Academy Awards, organizers said.

The films competing for Oscar nominations are "Bolt,""Delgo,""Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!""Dragon Hunters,""Fly Me to the Moon,""Igor,""Kung Fu Panda,""Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,""$9.99,""The Sky Crawlers,""Sword of the Stranger,""The Tale of Despereaux,""WALL-E" and "Waltz with Bashir," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday.

"Bolt,""Delgo,""Dragon Hunters,""$9.99,""The Sky Crawlers,""The Tale of Despereaux" and "Waltz with Bashir" have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process, the Academy said.

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than 16.

The 81st Academy Awards nominations are to be announced Jan. 22 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.