... in the "Best Animated Movie" category!
For only the third time in the category's 10-year history, Oscar's Best Animated Feature race may have a full slate of five nominees.
... A representative for the Czech Republic's entry, "Alois Nebel," told TheWrap Wednesday that the filmmakers plan to enter the graphic-novel-based drama in the animation race as well as the foreign-language race. ...
From our perspective, this is welcome news.
More entries in the "Best Animated Movie" Oscar race means more free publicity, more box office, more sales of them little silver disks of our favorite kind of motion picture. (A few people are still buying those silvery things, aren't they?)
This means: 1) More animated movies will get made, and 2) More animation artists get employed.
In a perfect world, animated features would win the "Best Picture" Academy Award from time to time, but we are a long way from perfection. A majority of AMPAS will make a picture like Snow White, Beauty and the beast or The Incredibles the big award winner around the time the sun reaches its red star phase.
So, five entries in the "Best Animated Feature" competition? That's going to have to be our consolation prize.