The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made its short list known, but how did this year’s animated features stand up to your online voting? We’ve tallied the results so far and found that our readers favor Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Warner Bros. Happy Feet and DreamWorks Over the Hedge. Be sure and vote again to determine which of these three pics goes on to victory in this year’s Animation Magazine Oscar Poll!
Out of the 16 features originally listed for eligibility by the Academy, Cars has received the most nods in our poll to date, taking 23% of the vote compared to Happy Feet‘s 14% and Over the Hedge‘s 12%. Fox’s Ice Age: The Meltdown was the only other film to hit double digits with 11% of the vote. MGM’s and the Weinstein Co.’s release of Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Invisibles was pulled out of Oscar contention in the 11th hour, but it was pretty inconsequential to our voting since only 1% of voters made it their top pick.
While the Academy put Sony Animation’s Monster House in the running for Best Animated Feature, readers only ranked it sixth behind DreamWorks’ Flushed Away. Monster House fared well with critics but wasn’t one of the most profitable animated films of the year and many voters probably haven’t even see it yet. An Oscar nomination is just what Sony needed to get audiences to consider giving it a look on DVD.
Last year, Animation Magazine readers were on the same page with Oscar voters, putting DreamWorks Animation’s and Aardman Animations’ Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit at the top of their list. Other past Ocar Poll winners include Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, Sony Pictures Classics’s The Triplets of Belleville and DreamWork’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Pick this year’s winner by voting at our Oscar Showcase at www.animationmagazine.net/oscar_index_06.html.