Saturday, November 04, 2006

Oscar Handicapping

The Hollywood Reporter (via UPI) is already drawing up its list of Oscar contenders for best animated feature (I dislike animation being ghettoized into its own category, but there it is)....

Large field eligible for animation Oscars

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A field of 16 films from the United States and abroad have qualified for the animation category for the 79th annual Academy Awards.

The list includes current Hollywood releases such as "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away" as well as "Cars," "Monster House," and "Over the Hedge."

Foreign qualifiers include "Paprika" and "Arthur and the Invisibles."

The large field means as many as five animated features could be formally nominated in January, the first time that has happened since 2002, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Me, I don't have a clue who will cop the gold statuette. If you go by box office gross, it would have to be "Cars" or "Ice Age 2", but the competition is wide and deep, so who knows.


Anonymous said...

I'd take another look at Monster House, if you seriously are trying to 'handicap' the Oscars. Monster House is not only a great departure from 'squash and stretch' animation, it has a mature charm to it the storytelling and dialogue which is appealing; it has some great stylistic choices (look at a random single frame from the film); it's also genuinely scary, without verging into nightmare territory. (Snow White's Maleficent the Witch gave me bad dreams long past my childhood)

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