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Twenty-one feature films have been submitted, though a few have not yet had their Oscar-qualifying runs; the ones I have already seen are in bold:

Adventures in Zambezia

Brave

Delhi Safari

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Frankenweenie

From Up on Poppy Hill

Hey Krishna

Hotel Transylvania

Ice Age Continental Drift

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

The Mystical Laws

The Painting

ParaNorman

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The Rabbi's Cat

Rise of the Guardians

Secret of the Wings

Walter & Tandoori's Christmas

Wreck-It Ralph

Zarafa

If all of these films qualify by the end of the year -- or, heck, if even only 16 of them qualify -- then there could be up to five nominees this year.

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The Annie Awards have announced their nominees (I'm skipping the TV and straight-to-video nominations) -- and now I want to see The Rabbi's Cat (not only is it the only Best Animated Feature nominee I haven't seen yet, but it *also* got nominated for Best Directing -- whereas, Rise of the Guardians, The Pirates: Band of Misfits, Frankenweenie and, interestingly, Brave did not):

10 nominations in 9 categories:

  • Wreck-It Ralph – Best Animated Feature, Directing, Animated Effects, Character Design, Voice Acting (Alan Tudyk), Storyboarding (x2), Writing, Editing, Music

10 nominations in 8 categories:

  • Brave – Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Character Animation (x3), Voice Acting (Kelly Macdonald), Production Design, Writing, Editing, Music
  • Rise of the Guardians – Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects, Character Animation (x3), Voice Acting (Jude Law), Production Design, Storyboarding, Editing, Music

8 nominations:

  • ParaNorman – Best Animated Feature, Directing, Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding, Writing

8 nominations in 7 categories:

  • Hotel Transylvania – Best Animated Feature, Directing, Character Design (x2), Voice Acting (Adam Sandler), Production Design, Editing, Music

5 nominations:

  • The Pirates: Band of Misfits – Best Animated Feature, Character Animation, Production Design, Voice Acting (Imelda Staunton), Writing

5 nominations in 4 categories:

  • Frankenweenie – Best Animated Feature, Voice Acting (2x: Atticus Shaffer, Catherine O'Hara), Production Design, Writing

4 nominations:

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted – Animated Effects, Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding

3 nominations:

  • Ice Age: Continental Drift – Animated Effects, Production Design, Music

2 nominations:

  • Adventures in Zambezia – Voice Acting (Jim Cummings), Music
  • Dr. Seuss' The Lorax – Character Design, Music
  • Secret of the Wings – Editing, Music
  • The Rabbi's Cat – Best Animated Feature, Directing

1 nomination:

  • From Up on Poppy Hill – Writing
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Animated Effects
  • Zarafa – Directing

FWIW, ever since the Oscars created the Best Animated Feature category in 2001, the film that wins Best Animated Feature at the Annies usually wins it at the Oscars, too -- though there have been three exceptions: in 2006, the Annie went to Cars and the Oscar went to Happy Feet; in 2008, the Annie went to Kung Fu Panda and the Oscar went to WALL-E; and in 2010, the Annie went to How to Train Your Dragon and the Oscar went to Toy Story 3.

And FWIW, I haven't got a clue what my own pick would be in this category this year.

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Frankenweenie has just won Best Animated Feature of 2012 from the New York Film Critics Circle.

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It's also interesting (not surprising, just interesting) to see how the two biggest animated hits of the year worldwide -- Ice Age 4 and Madagascar 3 -- have been relegated to the technical-awards categories.

FWIW, in case anyone is wondering how this year's animated films have stacked up at the box office, here they are with their current ranks among all films released in the U.S. in 2012:

#3 -- Ice Age: Continental Drift -- 160.8 + 714.0 = 874.9 million worldwide

#6 -- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted -- 216.4 + 524.1 = 740.5 million worldwide

#10 -- Brave -- 237.1 + 298.1 = 535.2 million worldwide

#16 -- Dr. Seuss' The Lorax -- 214.0 + 134.8 = 348.8 million worldwide

#22 -- Hotel Transylvania -- 143.6 + 147.9 = 291.5 million worldwide

#29 -- Wreck-It Ralph -- 158.3 + 44.0 = 202.3 million worldwide

#40 -- The Secret World of Arrietty -- 19.2 + 126.4 = 145.6 million worldwide

#47 -- The Pirates! Band of Misfits -- 31.1 + 90.6 = 121.6 million worldwide

#51 -- Rise of the Guardians -- 48.9 + 57.0 = 105.9 million worldwide

#57 -- ParaNorman -- 55.9 + 43.2 = 99.1 million worldwide

#75 -- Frankenweenie -- 34.3 + 31.8 = 66.1 million worldwide

#78 -- Beauty and the Beast 3D (re-issue of 1991 film) -- 47.6 + 14.4 = 62.0 million worldwide

#82 -- Finding Nemo 3D (re-issue of 2003 film) -- 40.7 + 13.0 = 53.7 million worldwide

...aaaaaand that's as deep in the weeds as I'm getting.

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The Producers Guild has announced its nominees:

  • "Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Katherine Sarafian
  • "Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • "ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
    Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • "Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
    Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • "Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Clark Spencer

The winner will be announced January 26, almost one month before the Oscars.

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The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominees (just the animated feature-film categories included here):

  • Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
  • Brave
  • ParaNorman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Hotel Transylvania

    Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
  • Brave: Argument
  • Hotel Transylvania: Dracula
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope
  • The Pirates: Band of Misfits

    Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
  • Brave: The Forest
  • ParaNorman: Graveyard
  • ParaNorman: Main Street
  • Rise of the Guardians : The North Pole

    Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
  • Brave
  • ParaNorman: Practical Volumetrics
  • ParaNorman: Angry Aggie Ink-Blot Electricity
  • Rise of the Guardians: Last Stand

So, basically, Brave has 4 nominations, ParaNorman has 5 nominations in 3 categories, Rise of the Guardians has 3 nominations, Hotel Transylvania and Wreck-It Ralph have 2 nominations each, and The Pirates: Band of Misfits has 1 nomination.

All six films are on the Oscar shortlist. All six films are nominated for multiple Annies. And four of them are nominated for PGA awards (the two non-nominees being Hotel Transylvania and The Pirates: Band of Misfits).

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Vote!

And, interesting. DreamWorks was shut out entirely this year -- and The Pirates: Band of Misfits was nominated! So basically the Academy went with either Disney or stop-motion animation this year (or, in Frankenweenie's case, with both).

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The Golden Reel Awards have announced their nominees (Oscar-nominated films in bold):

  • BEST SOUND EDITING: SOUND EFFECTS, FOLEY, DIALOGUE, AND ADR IN AN ANIMATION FEATURE FILM
  • A Cat in Paris [nominated for the Oscar *last* year]
  • Brave
  • Dr. Seuss-The Lorax
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-it Ralph

The winner will be announced February 17, one week before the Oscars.

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The Producers Guild has announced its nominees:
  • "Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Katherine Sarafian
  • "Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • "ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
    Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • "Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
    Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • "Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Clark Spencer

And the winner is... Wreck-It Ralph!

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The Producers Guild has announced its nominees:
  • "Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Katherine Sarafian
  • "Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Producers: Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • "ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
    Producers: Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • "Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
    Producers: Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • "Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
    Producer: Clark Spencer

And the winner is... Wreck-It Ralph!

Really? Wow. That would have been the lowest on my list. Actually it probably wouldn't have even made the list.

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The Annie Awards have announced their nominees . . .

And the winners are...

  • Wreck-It Ralph -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Voice Acting (Alan Tudyk), Writing, Music
  • ParaNorman -- Character Animation, Character Design
  • Rise of the Guardians -- Animated Effects, Storyboarding
  • Brave -- Production Design, Editing

FWIW, to reiterate what I wrote when the Annie nominees were announced: ever since the Oscars created the Best Animated Feature category in 2001, the film that wins Best Animated Feature at the Annies usually wins it at the Oscars, too -- though there have been three exceptions: in 2006, the Annie went to Cars and the Oscar went to Happy Feet; in 2008, the Annie went to Kung Fu Panda and the Oscar went to WALL-E; and in 2010, the Annie went to How to Train Your Dragon and the Oscar went to Toy Story 3.

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The Visual Effects Society has announced its nominees . . .

So, basically, Brave has 4 nominations, ParaNorman has 5 nominations in 3 categories, Rise of the Guardians has 3 nominations, Hotel Transylvania and Wreck-It Ralph have 2 nominations each, and The Pirates: Band of Misfits has 1 nomination.

And the winner is... Brave, in all four categories.

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The Cinema Audio Society has announced its nominees, in the animated category:

And the winner is... Brave.

The American Cinema Editors announced their nominees one day after the Oscar nominations . . .

And the winner is... Brave.

So Brave won with the Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects crowds, while Wreck-It Ralph won with the Producer and Animation crowds. Hmmm. Now we just wait to see who the Sound Editing crowd picks tonight.

The Golden Reel Awards have announced their nominees (Oscar-nominated films in bold) . . .

And the winner is... Wreck-It Ralph!

So, three industry groups went with Brave and three industry groups went with Wreck-It Ralph. And there wasa split between the Sound Mixers and the Sound Editors! Interesting...

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I'm a little sad that Frankenweenie isn't getting more love. Sure, I think Brave is the better film, but Frankenweenie's stop-motion charm deserves more credit, and Pixar doesn't need any more affirmation. I'm almost hoping Frankenweenie wins the Oscar, but I guess that's not too likely.

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