The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) produces the Oscars every year. AMPS has their own rules as to which categories are in the show and how many films or actors are eligible. For the Best Animated Feature category, the rules are a little complex. However, essentially, if there are 15 or more eligible films, there can be five nominated films, less than 15, just 4.
So it’s a good thing 16 films have been submitted as potential nominees for the 88th annual Oscar’s Best Animated Feature category.
The animated features submitted are:
“The Boy and the Beast”
“Boy and the World”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
“The Laws of the Universe – Part 0”
“Moomins on the Riviera”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Regular Show: The Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“When Marnie Was There”
Pixar had two films this year. Although only “Inside Out” has had a qualifying run. The good news is that “The Good Dinosaur” will have its run early enough to qualify too.
Walt Disney Animation Studios didn’t release any films in 2015, so no chance of it winning this year. It will be difficult enough if Pixar has to compete against itself. Might split the vote.
Anyone want to take a chance and guess which five will be announced as nominees on Thursday, January 14, 2016?