Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Awarded forthe best animated film with a running time of more than 40 minutes, a significant number of the major characters animated, and at least 75 percent of the picture's running time including animation.
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded2001
Currently held byFrozen (2013)
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Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Awarded forthe best animated film with a running time of more than 40 minutes, a significant number of the major characters animated, and at least 75 percent of the picture's running time including animation.
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awarded2001
Currently held byFrozen (2013)
Official websiteoscars.org

The Academy Awards are given each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for the best films and achievements of the previous year. The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature is given each year for animated films. An animated feature is defined by the academy as a film with a running time of more than 40 minutes in which characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique, a significant number of the major characters are animated, and animation figures in no less than 75 percent of the running time. The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was first given for films made in 2001.

Academy Award nominations and winners are chosen by the members of the AMPAS. If there are 16 or more films submitted for the category, the winner is voted from a shortlist of five films, which has happened four times, otherwise there will only be three films on the shortlist.[1] Additionally, eight eligible animated features must have been theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated. The final results are presented at the Academy Awards ceremony in January. Animated films can be nominated for other categories but have rarely been so: Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) also received Best Picture nominations after the Academy expanded the number of nominees. Waltz with Bashir (2008) is the only animated picture ever nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (though it failed to earn a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category). The category has been dominated by Pixar which has produced nine films which have been nominated and seven winners; the only two films they have produced since the category's inception to not be nominated in the category are Cars 2 and Monsters University.

People in the animation industry and fans expressed hope that the prestige from this award and the resulting boost to the box office would encourage the increased production of animated features. Some members and fans have criticized the award, however, saying it is only intended to prevent animated films from having a chance of winning Best Picture. This criticism was particularly prominent at the 81st Academy Awards, in which WALL-E won the award but was not nominated for Best Picture, despite receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and moviegoers and being generally considered one of the best films of 2008.[2] This led to controversy over whether the film was deliberately snubbed of the nomination by the Academy. Film critic Peter Travers commented that "If there was ever a time where an animated feature deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, it's WALL-E". However, official Academy Award regulations state that any movie nominated for this category can still be nominated for Best Picture.[1] In 2009 when the nominee slots for Best Picture were doubled to 10, Up was nominated for both Best Animated Feature and Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards, the first film to do so since the creation of the Animated Feature category. This feat was repeated the following year by Toy Story 3.

History[edit]

At the 68th Academy Awards, Robin Williams presented the Academy Special Achievement Award for the Best Animated Feature film, which happened to be Toy Story, in 1996, and called it "for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film".

The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was first given out at the 74th Academy Awards,[3] held on March 24, 2002.[4]

In 2010 the Academy enacted a new rule regarding the performance capture technique employed in films such as Disney's A Christmas Carol from Robert Zemeckis and The Adventures of Tintin from Steven Spielberg, and how they might not be eligible in this category in the future. This rule was possibly made to prevent nominations of live-action films that rely heavily on motion capture, such as James Cameron's Avatar.

When the category was first instated, the award went to the director(s) of the winning film. For the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, however, this was amended to include one producer along with up to two directors.

Winners and nominations[edit]

2000s[edit]

YearWinnerNomineesRef
2001Shrek
Aron Warner
[4]
2002Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki
[5]
2003Finding Nemo
Andrew Stanton
[6]
2004The Incredibles
Brad Bird
[7]
2005Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Nick Park and Steve Box
[8]
2006Happy Feet
George Miller
[9]
2007Ratatouille
Brad Bird
[10]
2008WALL-E
Andrew Stanton
[11]
2009Up
Pete Docter
[12]

2010s[edit]

YearWinnerNomineesRef
2010Toy Story 3
Lee Unkrich
[13]
2011Rango
Gore Verbinski
[14]
2012Brave
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
[15]
2013Frozen
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
[17]

Multiple Wins and Nominations[edit]

WinsNominationsName
22Andrew Stanton
2Brad Bird
13Hayao Miyazaki
2Pete Docter
2Chris Buck
03Chris Sanders
2John Lasseter
2Ron Clements
2Sylvain Chomet
2Tim Burton

Studio breakdown[edit]

Multiple movie companies had multiple nominations. This is a list of the movies from these movie companies that got nominated. The winners are in Bold.

StudioWinsNominationsFilms
Pixar Animation Studios79Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave
DreamWorks Animation210Shrek, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, The Croods
Walt Disney Animation Studios17Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Bolt, The Princess and the Frog, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen
Studio Ghibli13Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, The Wind Rises
Aardman12Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Nickelodeon Movies12Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rango
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment12Corpse Bride, Happy Feet
Les Armateurs03The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells, Ernest & Celestine
Laika03Corpse Bride, Coraline, ParaNorman
Sony Pictures Animation02Surf's Up, The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rule Seven: Special Rules for the Animated Feature Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The 2008 Top Tens". Archived from the original on 31 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ "History of the Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "The 74th Academy Awards (2002) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The 76th Academy Awards (2004) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The 77th Academy Awards (2005) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The 78th Academy Awards (2006) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The 79th Academy Awards (2007) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The 80th Academy Awards (2008) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The 81st Academy Awards (2009) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The 82nd Academy Awards (2010) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ "The 83rd Academy Awards (2011) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards (2012) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "The 85th Academy Awards (2013) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://oscar.go.com/nominees
  17. ^ "2014 Oscar Nominees". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 

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