This year’s Animation Magazine Online Oscar Poll looked like a close race between The Triplets of Belleville and Finding Nemo, but during the final days of voting, Sylvain Chomet’s 2D flick broke away with just over 60% of the vote. The Les Armatuers production has trumped the Disney/Pixar blockbuster in a number of critics awards and goes up against the fish tale one more time Sunday night at the 76th annual Academy Awards.
Our Oscar Poll opened in January, inviting animation fans and professionals alike to vote from this year’s trio of Oscar nominees–Nemo, Triplets and Disney’s Brother Bear. Nemo started out strongest but Triplets rallied as more people were able to catch screenings of the film, which Sony Classics gave a limited U.S. release.
Nemo is largely favored to win the Oscar but the Academy is proving unpredictable this year with the surprise Best Actor nom for Johnny Depp and the inclusion of City of God‘s Fernando Meirelles on the Best Director list. With Triplets threatening an upset, this may well be the most interesting Best Animated Feature race to date since DreamWork’s Shrek (2001) and Disney’s presentation of Miyazaki’ Spirited Away (2002) swept the major animation awards during the years they were nominated.