My guess is 'W&G' It'd bet money on it. Corpse bride was really not that good and anime just isn't my thing. Is it strange that two stop motion clay animation films and one anime film are this years nods? No computer and no traditional animation worthwhile this year? Well, I guess Pixar did take the year off, and we can't count on dreamworks (pdi) to produce too much Oscar worthy material without Shrek (not bitter, not bitter).
This category should be retroactive anyway to make up for the countless years Disney should have won.... and has since not one for one of their own pictures (not that they have deserved it lately, but still).
W&G for sure! It just captured imagination so well. I loved it. While I enjoyed Corpse Bride, the story was lacking that "extra" it needed. Good animation though.
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I too find it interesting that the academy has chosen to nominate only 3 films, and that none of them are computer animated. They had room to add Chicken Little, but didn't. Regardless of who wins, I'm happy. I just want to see more of the traditional art of animation being made.
Perhaps Disney can now be happy to let its Pixar arm make the computer animated films and let its artists continue to make hand drawn animation as well. - Crossing my fingers for Howl's Moving Castle - which would most further my goal.
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I like W&G, and it would probably have the edge as far as popularity. Howl's has the artisitc edge though, and would most likely be viewed as more "prestige worthy" by voters. It's between those two. Corpse just didn't live up to what it could have been.