19 animated features have been submitted to compete to the 86th Academy Awards race.
Pixar has submitted the highly succesful Monsters University, and Disney has the upcoming Frozen as well as Planes. Dreamworks also enjoys two submitted features (The Croods, Turbo), and Sony Picture Animation has The Smurfs 2 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2 in the list (the original film The Smurf had failed to qualify in the 2012 race due to insufficient animated sequences).
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment present the sequel Despicable Me 2, while Blue Sky Studios compete with Epic (photo).
European submissions include the César-awarded Ernest and Celestine (Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner, dir.), as well as the Goya-awarded O Apostolo (Fernando Cortizo dir.)
South Africa participates with Khumba, and Japan has three entries: A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura), the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion, and Hayo Miyazaki's latest (and self-professed) last animated feature, The Wind Rises.
In the year of sequels (4 sequels have been submitted), there may be places for more independent/European films.
Miyazaki's The Wind Rises seems the more prominent candidate out of the non-US studio offerings for a nominee slot (Miyazaki has already won an Academy Award for his 2001 film Spirited Away).
List of submitted films:
- "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2"
- "The Croods"
- "Despicable Me 2"
- "Ernest and Celestine"
- "The Fake"
- "Free Birds"
- "The Legend of Sarila"
- "A Letter to Momo"
- "Monsters University"
- "O Apostolo"
- "Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion"
- "Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury"
- "The Smurfs 2"
- "The Wind Rises"
Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements (Los Angeles) and comply with all of the category's other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. However, a previous shortlisting of animated features is to be expected. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.
Last year's recipient for animated feature was Pixar's Brave.