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Posted at 4:45 PM ET, 11/15/2010

THIS JUST IN: Only 3 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature

By Michael Cavna


"Toy Story 3," it turns out, will have to top only two other nominees to win the Oscar next year for Best Animated Feature Film.

The Academy has accepted 15 animated features for consideration, Oscars organizers announced Monday -- one short of the requisite total that would increase the number of nominees to five, reports the Associated Press.

Besides the third "Toy Story" film from Pixar, the Academy has also accepted such other hit 3-D films as "How to Train Your Dragon," ''Despicable Me," ''Shrek Forever After" and "Megamind." Those first four films are among the highest-grossing 3-D films ever, and "Megamind" has already cracked the top-25, according to

Entertainment Weekly reports that the rest of the 15 accepted semifinalists are: "Alpha and Omega," "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "The Dreams of Jinsha," "Idiots and Angels," "The Illusionist," "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," "My Dog Tulip," "Summer Wars," "Tangled" and "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue."

Pixar has won the award each of the past three years, with "Ratatouille," "WALL-E" and "Up." DreamWork Animation's "Shrek" won the first Oscar for the Animated Feature Film category, which was introduced for the 2001 film year.

The 2009 film year was only the second time that the field had been expanded to five nominees, according to

Oscars nominations will be announced Jan. 25; the 83rd annual Academy Awards broadcast is scheduled for Feb. 27.


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dragon1.jpg "How to Train Your Dragon" (DreamWorks Animation SKG)

By Michael Cavna  | November 15, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Oscars animation, The Academy Awards  
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