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Only Three Films Will Be Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar This Year

So close! Last year, the Academy Awards had enough official submissions for the Best Animated Film Oscar — sixteen β€” to expand the category to five nominees. This year, however, the submissions were one short of the necessary number, so only three films will receive a nomination. The category would seem to have two mortal locks already in Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon, so the going just got a lot tougher for films like Despicable Me, Megamind, The Illusionist, Tangled, and Shrek Forever After. [Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire]