THE LONG SHOT: Cartoon network

Posted by · 7:56 pm · December 9th, 2009

As the year winds down, and critics and entertainment journalists search for neat blanket tags with which to label the year that was, “the year of animation” is a phrase that is getting increasingly bandied about – some going so far as to declare 2009 the greatest year of all time for animated product. (Certainly, […]

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Animated feature contenders pushing 18 now

Posted by · 9:14 am · November 11th, 2009

One of the titles we mentioned a couple of weeks ago that could slide in and help rescue the animated feature category (as in, push the field of qualifying contenders closer to 16, which would yield the potential for five, rather than three nominees) was something called “The Secret of Kells.” Since then, “The Missing […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar hosts, Bridges arrives, animated five

Posted by · 4:50 am · November 7th, 2009

• Oscar season ramped up this week, with the popular selection of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as this year’s Oscar emcees. • This week’s Off the Carpet column surveyed the runners and riders for Best Actor … • … only to be immediately outdated as Jeff Bridges and “Crazy Heart” arrived to turn that […]

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The animated feature race doesn’t have to ‘Panic’ now

Posted by · 8:57 am · November 4th, 2009

We’ve been hot on the animated feature trail as of late, keeping a keen eye on the number of films that have qualified, plan to qualify, or have opted out of qualifying, the magic number of 16 titles (which would warrant a five-nominee slate rather than three) being the key throughout. Earlier this week Raul […]

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Animated feature looking like five all over again

Posted by · 11:03 am · November 2nd, 2009

Two weeks ago we told you about the animated feature film category’s state of flux and how a little film no one has heard of called “The Missing Lynx: Paws on the Run” could be its saving grace. With “Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone” and “A Town Called Panic” currently off the qualification list, […]

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We can officially add ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the animated list

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 8th, 2009

Yesterday we covered the animated feature film race and the potential for the category to have five nominees this year, largely dependent on Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” being submitted as animation (a decision completely in his hands).  As it turns out, the film will indeed be submitted for consideration. That, along with “Tinker Bell […]

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How the animated category could go to five

Posted by · 7:40 pm · October 7th, 2009

Pete Hammond has gone ahead and written the column I was going to write today, but you snooze you lose. Recently there was some discussion about the animated feature film category in our comments section.  The number of potential submissions is right on the edge.  By my count in the Contenders section, there are 16 […]

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