On your mark, get set, GO! The race for best animated feature is on and nineteen animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards® today.
Every one of these films had an incredible team of artists who worked together to help bring the characters to life, so we want to congratulate them on this accomplishment and thank them for their hard work. And now the 19 submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are (drum-roll, please!):
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte, and Kristen Schaal
Narrated by Emma Stone. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.
“Despicable Me 2”
Starring: Steve Carrel, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Crosgrove, Eisie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, and Ken Jeong.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler and Beyoncé Knowles.
“Ernest and Celestine”
Starring: Lambert Wilson, and Pauline Brunner
Written and Directed by Sang-ho Yeon
Starring: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, and Josh Gad
Starring: Jake T. Austin, AnnaSophia Robb, Liam Neeson, Ben Vereen, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, Joey Richter, Catherine Tate, Richard E. Grant, Dee Bradley Baker, Greg Ellis, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Cody, Steve Buscemi, and Alexander Polinsky
“The Legend of Sarila”
Starring: Christopher Plummer, and Rachelle Lefevre.
“A Letter to Momo”
Starring: Karen Miyama, Yuka and Daizaburo Arakawa
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi
Starring: Carlos Blanco, Xosé Manuel Olveira ‘Pico’, and Paul Naschy
Starring: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Priyanka Chopra, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Roger Craig Smith, John Cleese, and Carlos Alazraqui
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion”
Starring: Kana Asumi, Junko Iwao, and Emiri Katou
“Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury”
Starring: Selton Mello, Camila Pitanga, Rodrigo Santoro, and Benvindo Sequeira
“The Smurfs 2”
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, and Hank Azaria
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Michelle Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson
“The Wind Rises”
Starring: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Steve Alpert, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita, Mirai Shida, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Nomura Mansai
So, hold on to your seats and wait to see who makes it when the nominations are announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Tough competition, since only 5 will be able to make it to the next step.
“What’s next?” you may ask. More waiting, the final winner will be announced March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® at the Academy Awards. So, don’t forget to tune in to ABC Network for the live event. This amazing show will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Have you watched all of these movies to make an educated guess of who will win? Who do you think will take away the prize? Tweet us your thoughts to @teenswannaknow using the hashtag #twkoscars and let us know.