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Five animated films on this year's Oscar list

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
February 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
For only the second time since the category's inception in 2001, five films will go for Oscar gold as the Best Animated Feature Film. That means the category had 16 or more contenders. "There's a lot of stress but when you're working in your element, you just close the doors and everybody plays," said Pete Docter, writer-director of "Up."

The animated adventure "Up" is actually up for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

This is the first time an animated movie has been up for Oscar's biggest prize since 1991's "Beauty and the Beast."

"We always look at these films as just films, you know?" said Docter. "They happen to be animated but they have the same responsibility as any other film, be it live action or whatever. They've got to connect with people."

Henry Selick is the director of "Coraline." He says some of the scares in "Snow White" or "Pinocchio" have influenced what he does today, but with his own signature.

"Something quirky, something unusual, I'd like to think characters that are memorable and just the tone is that stew of dark and inventiveness and some good humor, too, from our characters," said Selick. "I actually think that I'm connected to that tradition of mixing dark things with light and with beauty."

The other animated nominees include: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; "The Princess and the Frog"; and "The Secret of Kells."

We'll see who wins on Oscar Sunday, March 7, on ABC7.


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