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Cars, Happy Feet and Monster House Vie for Best Animated Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for 79th Oscar Race today.

Nominees for Best Animated Feature of the Year:CARS (Buena Vista/Disney/Pixar) John LasseterHAPPY FEET (Warner Bros.) George MillerMONSTER HOUSE (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan

Nominees for Best Animated Short Film are:THE DANISH POET (NFB) Torill KoveLIFTED (Buena Vista/Pixar) Gary RydstromTHE LITTLE MATCHGIRL (Buena Vista/Disney) Roger AllersMAESTRO (Szimplafilm/Kedd Prod.) Géza M TothNO TIME FOR NUTS (20th Century Fox/Blue Sky) Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier

Nominees for Achievement in Visual Effects:PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST (Buena Vista) John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson & Allen HallPOSEIDON (Warner Bros.) Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chaz Jarrett & John FrazierSUPERMAN RETURNS (Warner Bros.) Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover & Jon Thum

VFX companies vying for Oscar nominations are Industrial Light & Magic leading the way with its diverse CG work on DEAD MANS CHEST (Davy Jones) and POSEIDON (innovative water), as well as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rising Sun Pictures, Rhythm & Hues, Frantic Films, The Orphanage and Framestore CFC, among others, for SUPERMAN RETURNS.

Randy Newman's song from CARS, "Our Town," was also nominated for Best Song.

Nominees for Achievement in Sound Editing:APOCALYPTO (Buena Vista) Sean McCormack & Kami AsgarBLOOD DIAMOND (Warner Bros.) Lon BenderFLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (DreamWorks & Warner Bros./Paramount) Alan Robert Murray & Bub AsmanLETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (Warner Bros.) Alan Robert MurrayPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST (Buena Vista) Christopher Boyes & George Watters II

Nominees for Achievement in Sound Mixing:APOCALYPTO (Buena Vista) Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell & Fernando CamaraBLOOD DIAMOND (Warner Bros.) Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer & Ivan SharrockDREAMGIRLS (DreamWorks & Paramount) Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer & Willie BurtonFLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (DreamWorks & Warner Bros./Paramount) John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff & Walt MartinPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST (Buena Vista) Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes & Lee Orloff

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5:00 pm PST, beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Scientific and Technical Academy Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Feb. 10. The Gordon E. Sawyer Award, the first Oscar statuette to be awarded this year, will go to Ray Feeney for his technological contributions, which have brought credit to the motion picture industry.

The Academy will screen the animated shorts nominees with a filmmakers Q & A on Feb. 20.the week before the Oscars. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1, at $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. For more program information, please call (310) 247-3600.

For a complete list of nominees go to www.oscar.com.

For the most complete coverage of all the animated Oscar nominees, visit the 2007 AWN Oscar Showcase, which includes clips from all the animated shorts and features an exclusive clip from Pixar's LIFTED.

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