And the Oscar Goes To …—
Oscar nominations are still a ways off, but we already know what films will be competing for the Best Animated Feature. This year, 10 feature-length animated films were released in America: Chicken Little, Gulliver's Travel, Hookwinked, Howl's Moving Castle, Madagascar, Robots Steamboy, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Valiant
and Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
According to Academy rules, three films can be nominated for the top honors in a year in which at least eight but fewer than 16 animated films were released. Hookwinked
will hit theaters in December and apparently no one has ever heard of Gulliver's Travel
(it's not even listed on the IMDB), but based on the films that I have seen this year, I've got to be rooting for Hayao Miyazaki's underrated epic, Howl's Moving Castle
. The 78th
Annual Academy Awards will be officially announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006. The Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 5.