It's official: When 'Toy Story 3' wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, there will only be two losers in the category rather than four.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules state that if there are between eight and 15 eligible toons, the category has three nominees; if there are 16 or more, five are nominated. (If there are fewer than eight eligible animated features, the category is canceled.) The tallies are in, and 2010 has 15 contenders. So close!
This is the 10th year the category has existed, and three nominees is the norm -- it's only had five nominees twice (last year and 2002). The question is, which two movies will join 'Toy Story 3' in competition for the coveted Let's Avoid Having to Take Cartoons Seriously By Giving Them Their Own "Special" Category award? According to the Academy, these are the 15 movies in the running:
'Alpha and Omega,' 'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,' 'Despicable Me,' 'The Dreams of Jinsha,' 'How to Train Your Dragon,' 'Idiots and Angels,' 'The Illusionist,' 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,' 'Megamind,' 'My Dog Tulip,' 'Shrek Forever After,' 'Summer Wars,' 'Tangled,' 'Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue' and 'Toy Story 3.'