Heart & Humor: The 2010 Animated Oscar Race
For Disney the lack of five nominations is I guess the biggest disappointment, because it would have given them two nominations. This hip twist on Rapunzel outperformed everyone's expectations. It's has the humor and heart factor, but one can use the adult factor as a tiebreaker. Despicable Me appeals to an older audience, which makes up the voting block at the Academy. It's the edge that keeps this fairy tale on the outside looking in.
DreamWorks' superhero spoof has more admirers than many expected before it hit theaters. A nomination seems very unlikely though. It certainly has the adult and humor factors going for it, but it lacks the heart that the previously mentioned films have.
You can't count Bill Plympton out of this race. His self-distributed feature has received many positive reviews. Some consider it is best work in years. It would be quite shocking if this little seen film pulls a Secret of Kells with only three slots for nominations.
Paul and Sandra Fierlinger's indie animated feature is another example of a little seen film that has received positive reviews. This personal tale of a man and his German shepherd has heart, but it's probably too "small" to grab enough Academy voters' attentions.
Despite receiving some great reviews in its qualifying run, Mamoru Hosoda's gamer saves the world tale arrives too late in the game to be a serious contender. Lovers of his work, such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, might get him some votes, but not enough.