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Oscar animation category will include only three nominees

November 15, 2010 |  1:08 pm


In what is likely a blow to the people behind this year's populist and successful feature-length animated movies, the academy announced today that the animated feature film category will include only three nominees.

The academy has a strange rule when it comes to animated movies. If 16 or more films are submitted over any given year, as was the case last year, then the category will feature five nominees. If there are 15 or fewer, it will showcase only three films. Fifteen films are eligible for consideration, the academy announced today, and as such, there will be only three nominees.

The two most likely nominees will be Pixar's "Toy Story 3" and Dreamworks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon." Now, 13 other movies must vie for the third spot. And this year's list has some strong contenders fighting for it. The most visible include Universal's "Despicable Me," DreamWorks' "Megamind," Disney's upcoming "Tangled" and Warner Bros.' "Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."

--Nicole Sperling

Photo: "How to Train Your Dragon"; credit: DreamWorks Animation