This has been a good year for animated movies, with a number of new franchises and great hits at the box office – in fact, the Minions movie became the second biggest animated movie ever as it surpassed $1.08 billion worldwide, effectively leaving Toy Story 3 behind. Frozen is still at the top, with a staggering $1.27 billion grossed. Other successful ventures were Inside Out, which will definitely have a sequel, the second instalment of Hotel Transylvania and the much awaited Peanuts Movie.

So it's an exciting moment as Hollywood gears up for the 88th Academy Awards. The Academy has just released the preliminary list of animated features that will be racing for the Oscars early next year, and of course all of the movies mentioned above areon it.

In total, 16 titles have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category, which doesn't mean they will all make the cut. The Academy stresses that "several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run." In other words, all of the movies racing for the "finals" need to fulfil a set of requirements and rules, related to the theatrical release and others. Only then will they be eligible for voting. So far, half of the features have yet to be released in theaters and not only do they need to do so before the year ends, but they also have to be released within the Los Angeles County.

At the end, a maximum of five will advance to the final nominations, with a chance to win the Oscar.

Here is the list of the 16 features submitted:

  • Minions
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Inside Out
  • Home
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water
  • Anormalisa
  • The Boy and the Beast
  • The Laws of the Universe - Part 0
  • Boy and the World
  • Moomins on the Riviera
  • Kali Gibran's The Prophet
  • Regular Show: the Movie
  • When Marnie Was Here

The nominations will be announced live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on January 14, 2016.

The movies submitted for this category might qualify for other categories, such as Best Picture, and we're betting some of these will make the cut.

The Oscars ceremony will then take place by the end of February (28th), as usual, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. ABC TV network will televise the event, which will be seen in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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