The race to win an Oscar for Best Animated Film will be less competitive this year. On Monday, November 15, the Academy announced that they have only accepted 15 films for consideration for the Best Animated Feature prize, which means there will be only three nominees in the category. Had there been one more film accepted, the category would have increased to five slots.
This year's top grossers "Toy Story 3" and "Shrek Forever After" are among the consideration, joined by fellow hits "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Despicable Me" as well as newly-released "Megamind". Other animations in the running are "Alpha and Omega", "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore", "Idiots and Angels", "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole", "My Dog Tulip" and "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue".
Meanwhile, the final four of the academy's 15 accepted films still need to start a one-week run at a Los Angeles theater by December 31 to qualify for this upcoming annual awards event. They include "Tangled", "The Illusionist", "The Dreams of Jinsha" and "Summer Wars".
The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be released on January 25, 2011 and the ceremony will be held on February 27, 2011.