"And the Oscar for Best Animated Feature goes to.... 'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore!'"
Imagine the outrage if Academy Awards viewers were to hear that sentence in February. Not just because the talking-pet sequel seems like an afterthought in a category where the frontrunners are such critical and commercial hits as 'Toy Story 3,' 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Despicable Me,' and 'Megamind.' But also because 'Kitty Galore' seems like it should be considered a live-action movie (albeit one with a lot of CGI effects) that's not even eligible in this category.
Yet there it was among the 15 eligible animated features in the list of potential nominees that the Academy released on Monday. Which prompted us at Moviefone to wonder: Why does the Academy consider 'Kitty Galore' an animated film? And if it is, why don't the Oscars consider a movie like 'Avatar' to be an animated film as well?
So we called the Academy and got some answers.