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Posted at 5:50 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Pick the animated movie on the Oscar short list that does not belong

By Jen Chaney

"Toy Story 3": To infinity, and the Oscar short list for best animated film. (Pixar/AP)

We now know which movies are officially in contention for this year's Academy Award for best animated feature. Oscar organizers revealed today the 15 films that have landed on the short list -- short list perhaps being a misnomer here -- of candidates. From those 15 candidates, three will become nominees. And out of those three nominees, "Toy Story 3" will ultimately be deemed the winner. So really, this whole thing is a bit of a cartoon charade. But I digress.

All the usual animated suspects made the first round of cuts.

The aforementioned "Toy Story 3"? Check.

"How to Train Your Dragon"? Check.

"Despicable Me" and "Megamind," which would potentially cancel each other out even if their superhero-satire behinds weren't about to be kicked by Buzz Lightyear? Check.

"The Illusionist," the requisite annual animated entry that's critically lauded but that no one's kids will ever see? Total check.

"Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore"? Che--

Wait a minute, what? "The Revenge of Kitty Galore"? A movie with a riff on an inappropriate-for-the-kiddies, James Bond double entendre in its title? A film with a 13 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes? This is on the Oscar short list in this category?

Ladies and gentlemen of the awards-show-tracking jury, I submit the following: the short list for animated movie consideration clearly needs to get much, much shorter.

By Jen Chaney  | November 15, 2010; 5:50 PM ET
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Having just watched Toy Story 3, and shed more tears than I care to admit, I'm sure it will and should, win.

Posted by: Guest1234 | November 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Toy Story 3, Cats & Dogs & the Shrek offering are all franchise runs - TS3 makes the cut.

Despicable Me - Good story line.
How to Train your Dragon - Good voice casting.
The Illusionist - Foreign production.

Megamind looks too much like Monsters vs. Aliens (2009). Regardless of how well it opened; No.

My best guess is "Toy Story 3", "Despicable Me", and "The Illusionist", with "Legends of the Guardians" as an outside shot.

Posted by: BinM | November 15, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The only three that should be on the list are "Dragon," "Toy" and "Despicable."

Honestly, other than that, the list is being padded beyond all reason.

However, the Academy is known for recognizing some real doozies as "the best." I submit for your review:

"It's Hard Out There for a a Pimp" as Best Song
"Chariots of Fire" for Best Picture
Julia Roberts as Best Actress

Posted by: cfow1 | November 16, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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