This year 20 films were submitted to contend for "Oscar" for best animated feature at the Academy Awards Ceremony.
As long as at least 16 films qualify, there will be five nominees in the feature-length animation category.
The category has had only three nominees most years, but 2009 has been a prolific year for animation. The only previous year when there were five nominees came in 2002, when 17 animated films were submitted.
Submissions include a wide variety of styles, including the computer animation of such hits as "Up," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Monsters vs. Aliens"; the stop-motion animation of "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Mary and Max"; and the hand-drawn animation of "The Princess and the Frog" and "Ponyo."
Other films submitted are "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," "Astro Boy," "Battle for Terra," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "The Dolphin — Story of a Dreamer," "The Missing Lynx," "9," "Planet 51," "The Secret of Kells," "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" and "A Town Called Panic."
Some films have yet to complete a weeklong theatrical run in Los Angeles to qualify for the Oscars. Academy rules for the category also state that a "significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 % of the picture's running time."
The Associated Press has contributed to the report.
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