The Hollywood Reporter handicaps the Academy Awards as regards 'Toons:
And then there were three -- though there could have been five. Just three animated feature films have made the Oscar nomination grade, though 17 of them were released in 2008, enough to reach the threshold required for five nominations. But, for various reasons, only a relative handful of features were submitted for consideration.
... But perhaps the most interesting nomination this year for an animated feature was Israel's "Waltz With Bashir," which earned an Oscar nom in the best foreign-language film category. That's eloquent proof of what animators have been saying for years: Animated films are films first.
Gee, you think? Actual films?
The problem for animated features is that they don't have the political clout that live-action films possess, and never will.
On-camera actors will always trump thespians in front of a microphone, and they'll vote for awards accordingly.
Live-action directors will forever outrank their animated counterparts.
Directors of photography will pull more weight than than layout artists or animation art directors.
I'm not saying it's right, or just, or the American way. But it's the way it is, and short of industry-wide religious conversions (highly doubtful), it's how it will continue to be.