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Academy Announces Eligible Animated Features for Oscar

Eleven films are eligible to compete for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar in the 2004 Academy Awards competition.

The eligible films are:CLIFFORDS REALLY BIG MOVIEDISNEYS TEACHERS PETGHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCEHOME ON THE RANGETHE INCREDIBLESTHE LEGEND OF BUDDHATHE POLAR EXPRESSSHREK 2SHARK TALESKY BLUETHE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE

A formal vote by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is required to activate the category for the 77th Academy Awards, but the 11 films were accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch of the Academy, which will recommend to the board of governors on Dec. 14 that the award be given for this year.

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than 16.

Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories.

The eligibility of all the films is subject to receipt of the Official Screen Credits form, and for four of the films THE INCREDIBLES, THE POLAR EXPRESS, SKY BLUE and THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE eligibility is subject to their opening in Los Angeles prior to Dec. 31.

The 77th Academy Award nominations will be announced at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 25, 2005.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2004 will be presented on Feb. 27, 2005, at the Kodak Theatre. The Oscars will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5:00 pm PST, beginning with a half-hour arrival segment.

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