Sunday, November 23, 2003

Will Oscar find 'Nemo'?

Blockbuster leading contender for animated film category

The Associated Press

The blockbuster Finding Nemo and 10 other films are eligible to compete for an Oscar in the animated feature film category.

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to activate the category for the 76th Academy Awards.

The other eligible films are: Brother Bear, Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel), The Jungle Book 2, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Millennium Actress, Piglet's Big Movie, Pokemon Heroes, Rugrats Go Wild! Tokyo Godfathers and The Triplets of Belleville.

Because there are fewer than 16 eligible entries, a maximum of three films can be nominated under the rules.

Films submitted in the animated feature category also may qualify for Oscars in other areas, including best picture, if they meet the rules for those categories.

The eligibility of Jester Till (Till Eulenspiegel), Tokyo Godfathers and The Triplets of Belleville is subject to their opening in Los Angeles prior to Dec. 31.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 27. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 29. Last year's winner was Spirited Away. In 2001, the Oscar went to Shrek.

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