The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of nominees for the 75th Academy Awards this morning. Of the five films selected in the Best Animated Feature Film category, three are Disney releases. Lilo & Stitch, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Treasure Planet will be up against Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky’s Ice Age and DreamWorks’ Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Aragorn and pals defeated the orc army at Helms Deep, but the competition looks even more fierce in the battle for Best Motion Picture. New Line’s and director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers takes on Miramax’s Chicago and Gangs of New York, as well as Focus Features’ The Pianist and Paramount/Miramax’s The Hours.
The race for Best Animated Short Film sees Ray Harryhausen’s sentimental favorite The Tortoise and the Hare shut out in favor of Tomek Baginski’s The Cathedral (Platige Image), Eric Armstrong’s The ChubbChubbs (Sony Pictures Imageworks), Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger’s Das Rad (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH), Pete Docter and Roger Gould’s Mike’s New Car (Pixar Animation Studios) and Koji Yamamura’s Mt. Head (Yamamura Animation)
The visual effects bake-off left the Academy to choose from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Weta Digital: Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke), Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man (Sony Pictures Imageworks: John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier) and Twentieth Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones (ILM: Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, Ben Snow).
Two Towers is also up for statuettes in art direction and film editing, and will get some competition from Spider-Man for achievement in sound and Minority Report for sound editing.
Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter” from Paramount/Nickelodeon Pictures/Klasky Csupo’s animated feature The Wild Thornberrys Movie got a nod for Best Original Song. The category is filled out by “Burn It Blue” from Frida (music by Elliot Goldenthal, lyrics by Julie Taymor), “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York (music and lyrics by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen), “I Move On” from Chicago (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb) and “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile (music by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, lyrics by Eminem)
To see a full list of nominees, visit www.oscars.org/75academyawards/nomswins.html.