44 days to go until the 2014 Oscar nominations will be announced and you can probably narrow down the crowded animated field to seven front-runners.
Every single animation that went on to snatch an Oscar nom the past seven years was previously in contention for an Annie trophy and there’s no reason to believe the tradition will be broken next month. Especially as there are seven features in the race for the Annie grand prize, namely “A Letter to Momo”, “Despicable Me 2”, “Ernest & Celestine”, “Frozen”, “Monsters University,” “The Croods” and “The Wind Rises”.
At this point, only Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song, “The Wind Rises”, and Disney’s “Frozen”, shaping up to be Disney’s biggest box-office hit in ages, are certain of making the Academy Award five-name shortlist. Thus, there are five evenly matched contenders for the remaining three spots and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Academy members snubbed, say, “Monsters University”.
In other Annie categories, Paul Giamatti (“Turbo”), Terry Crews (“Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2”), Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin (“Despicable Me 2”), Billy Crystal (“Monsters University”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen”) are to cross swords for voice acting in an animated feature production gold, whereas “Ernest & Celestine”, “Monsters University”, “The Wind Rises” and “Frozen” were apparently the most well-written animations of 2013.
No love for “Epic”? That’s a shame, but hey, at least the dreadful “Free Birds” was (almost) completely ignored.