Twenty-one features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 21 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

  • “Adventures in Zambezia”
  • “Brave”
  • “Delhi Safari”
  • “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “From Up on Poppy Hill”
  • “Hey Krishna”
  • “Hotel Transylvania”
  • “Ice Age Continental Drift”
  • “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
  • “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
  • “The Mystical Laws”
  • “The Painting”
  • “ParaNorman”
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
  • “The Rabbi’s Cat”
  • “Rise of the Guardians”
  • “Secret of the Wings”
  • “Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”
  • “Zarafa”

Several of the films listed have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying runs. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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  • No Arriety? 🙁 I made my first predictions yesterday and it was on them lol. From Up on Poppy Hill though!

  • JP

    Frankenweenie for the win! It’s Burton’s time!

  • keifer


    I agree. Frankenweenie is getting the best reviews of Burton’s career.

    I just loved it.

    Considering he lost for the incredible “Corpse Bride”, I think Frankenweenie would be a great choice for Best Animated Film.

  • Aaron B

    Gotta say… I think “Paranorman” is much better than “Frankenweenie.”

  • And The Rabbi’s Cat! Hooray!

  • unlikely hood

    Question for everyone: if Cars 2 had never come out, would we all be putting Brave on our shortlist of, say, the 12 or 15 BP possibles? Is Brave really that much worse than Wall-E and Up, or did Pixar irretrievably damage the brand for the sake of a few new rides at Disneyland?

  • Free

    Does anyone know why ARRIETY was snubbed?

  • Filipe

    Wreck-it Ralph MUST win! Really good!

  • Zach M.


    -Wreck-It Ralph

    If there are two more spots:
    -Random foreign submission (there’s usually one every year)

    I also wouldn’t count out Madagascar, considering how much of a money-maker it is, and the general consensus that the sequels have gotten progressively better.

  • Arrietty wasn’t eligible because there was too much of a lag between its Japanese release and its stateside release. Disney dropped the ball and should’ve released it for an Oscar-qualifying run last year.

    Hoping for Brave, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph to make it in. Lots of neat-looking ones I’ve yet to see.

  • Anon

    They passed the threshold for five nominees. That being 16 or more. Pretty certain it’s 5.

    As for Arriety, it didn’t qualify because it came out in Japan in 2010. Had it gotten a qualifying run last year, it would’ve qualified.

  • Free

    Thanks to Clayton and Anon for the explanation. That kind of sucks. I was hoping to see it nominated, though I got the same vibe I had with Ponyo two years ago, so maybe it wouldn’t have happened anyway.

  • The Great Dane

    Corpse Bride is overrated. Wallace and Gromit deserved the win that year. Corpse Bride is beautifully made but boring and unengaging. It’s no match for either Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline.

    But this category is weird. Tangled, Disney’s best since the 90’s, should (at least) have been nominated last year. And a couple of years before that, Happy Feet won on box-office alone in a weak year, where Monster House should have won. Surf’s Up was nominated in stead of The Simpsons Movie. Shark Tale stole The Polar Express’s nomination. Every year there’s a weird snub, mostly because the nomination branch always chooses at least 1 nominee for just “looking” different in stead of counting the story/script. That’s how “bad” looking animation films like The Simpsons Movies get snubbed, even though as a whole it deserved to be there – at least over Surf’s Up! And Shark Tale – don’t get me started…

  • JP

    Tangled’s problem back in 2010 is the same happening this year in the best actor category: over competition. Toy Story 3 and HTTYD were locks and The Illusionist was a very acclaimed stylish foreign entry. With only 3 slots, it was tough for it to get in.

    Luckily they changed the rules and foreign entries are all over nowadays to make sure that it ends up a 5-nominees-category. Tangled and Despicable Me deserved to be number 4 and 5 that year and actually could even have won in years like 2011.

  • Yashar

    I know this sounds crazy but Madagascar 3 is actually GOOD and definitely better than previous 2 or most DreamWorks animations. It is a bit cliched, true but is definitely better than Brave (What happened to you Pixar!!?).

    The ones I think are most deserving are these:
    “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
    “Wreck-It Ralph”

    Sadly, the nominees will probably be:
    – Brave
    – Frankenweenie
    – Lorax

  • Idris Giftso

    So which is the BEST animated film this year?

  • Why not the brazilian movie “A Tale of Love and Rage” ????

  • DBibby

    I think we’re looking at:
    -Wreck-it Ralph
    and then… maybe Madagascar 3 or ParaNorman?

  • Wellington

    Based on critic’s talk, the list of 2013 best animated features nominees WILL BE:
    – BRAVE

    I’m not sure about the winner anymore, because I considered “Arriety” the best one. But since it wasn’t even submitted…

  • David

    As long as the winner is not Dreamworks or Sony or Fox Animation, who all make pop trash, we’re good. And yes, HTTYD was still a by-the-numbers cartoon. And that dragon looked liked a tadpole face stuck to a black puppy body

  • Do they even still have that threshold? At least they passed it. I don’t like it when there aren’t a full five nominees in all categories (there never are anyway, Make-Up is bloody always three)…even Best Picture…

  • César

    The Noms for the European Film Awards 2012 are published – Haneke’s Amour in the lead (six nominations), following Vinterbergs Jagten and McQueens Shame (each five noms), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (four), Caesar Must Die and The Intouchables (each three).

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  • “Is Brave really that much worse than Wall-E and Up?”


    “Brave” has ZERO percent chance at a BP nomination, with or without Cars 2 existing. It’s fighting for a spot in the animation 5 as it is.

    Wreck-It Ralph
    The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
    Madagascar 3
    Hotel Transylvania
    Rise Of The Guardians
    The Lorax
    From Up On Poppy Hill
    Ice Age Continental Drift
    The Rabbit’s Cat

    These are the movies that have a realistic shot at the 5. My best guess right now is that “Brave” does get in and the 5 looks like this:

    Wreck-It Ralph
    The Lorax

  • Unlikely hood

    Thanks for answering chris price!

  • At your service, Unlikely hood!

  • Nick K.

    “The Lorax” better not get in. It’s in my opinion one of the worst films of the year and a complete insult to the original book.

  • SFMike

    Speaking of “random foreign submissions”, I caught up with last year’s nominee “A Cat in Paris” last nite — what a disappointment. Another example of the Academy voting on the basis of the animation *alone* — they must’ve watched it with the sound on mute because the writing was atrocious. Was there a French-with-subtitles version, maybe?

    My faves this year: “Frankenweenie”, “Para-Norman”, “Pirates…” and “Brave”. have yet to see “Ralph” or “Guardians”.

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