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No Oscar for Arthur

01.10.2007
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In a development that has probably pissed off a couple studios, it seems that Luc Besson's currently playing ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES has been disqualified from this year's Best Animated Film Oscar race due to it coming up short for the required percentage of actual animated footage in proportion to live-action footage. This coming after the movie had initially been announced as one of the expected 16 films eligible for nomination. Now, you're probably thinking ARTHUR was a longshot anyway so precisely where does the shearing of sack skin come in? Well, the rules of the game state that more than 15 films must be eligible in order to open up five nominee slots and, with Besson's movie ousted, only three animated flicks will be nominated this year. While this isn't exactly unheard of (the only year in which there weren't only three nominations was 2002), it puts a damper on the efforts of the studios behind movies like the interesting-looking PAPRIKA (see trailer here), which doesn't hit theaters until May of this year but had a qualifying run in Los Angeles last November. Not to mention a line-up of nominees that almost surely included CARS, HAPPY FEET, ICE AGE 2, and MONSTER HOUSE will now have to be compromised and (probably) the last two films mentioned will have to duke it out for the third and final spot. You can check out the list of the remaining 15 eligible animated candidates below. All nominees for the Academy Awards will be announced on January 23rd and the ceremonies will take place on February 25th. ARTHUR goes wide this Friday.

- THE ANT BULLY
- BARNYARD
- CARS
- CURIOUS GEORGE
- EVERYONE'S HERO
- FLUSHED AWAY
- HAPPY FEET
- ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN
- MONSTER HOUSE
- OPEN SEASON
- OVER THE HEDGE
- PAPRIKA
- RENAISSANCE
- A SCANNER DARKLY
- THE WILD

Extra Tidbit: The seven films eligible for Best Make-up were also announced yesterday.

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3:40AM on 01/11/2007
Dream List:
Monster House(win)
Happy Feet
A Scanner Darkly

Actual List:
Happy Feet
Cars (win)
Monster House
Dream List:
Monster House(win)
Happy Feet
A Scanner Darkly

Actual List:
Happy Feet
Cars (win)
Monster House
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9:17PM on 01/10/2007
Scanner Darkly sticks out like a sore thumb in that group. A bunch of talking animal kiddie movies and a movie about druggies Ryder's animated boobies. I say, eliminated all talking animal flicks... and the talking baseball one, and you have yourself Oscar nominees.
Scanner Darkly sticks out like a sore thumb in that group. A bunch of talking animal kiddie movies and a movie about druggies Ryder's animated boobies. I say, eliminated all talking animal flicks... and the talking baseball one, and you have yourself Oscar nominees.
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2:56PM on 01/10/2007

Hmmm...

My vote would go to Monster house or Scanner Darkly!!!
My vote would go to Monster house or Scanner Darkly!!!
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2:34PM on 01/10/2007

Hmmm...

My vote would go to Monster house or Scanner Darkly!!!
My vote would go to Monster house or Scanner Darkly!!!
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7:18AM on 01/10/2007
Damn, I couldn't even get through this write up, it's so f***ing confusing. Sounds like the Academy has more rules than the Senate.
Damn, I couldn't even get through this write up, it's so f***ing confusing. Sounds like the Academy has more rules than the Senate.
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6:48AM on 01/10/2007
This hasn't been confirmed yet by the Academy. It's just a "scoop" from Cartoon Brew, but they also said a couple of weeks back that Paprika was disqualified because it hadn't been released in L.A. (but actually it had).

Moreso, the list previously released by the Academy supposedly included those films that matched the 75% animation criterium. Eliminate one of them now doesn't make any sense. I say this news is bullshit until AMPAS pronounce.
This hasn't been confirmed yet by the Academy. It's just a "scoop" from Cartoon Brew, but they also said a couple of weeks back that Paprika was disqualified because it hadn't been released in L.A. (but actually it had).

Moreso, the list previously released by the Academy supposedly included those films that matched the 75% animation criterium. Eliminate one of them now doesn't make any sense. I say this news is bullshit until AMPAS pronounce.
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5:35AM on 01/10/2007
Renaissance and A Scanner Darkly! Though they won't probably get nominated.
Renaissance and A Scanner Darkly! Though they won't probably get nominated.
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