Since we've been blasted for not having any real news on this board - let's drop a little. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the eleven films that will be eligible for the "Best Animated Feature" Oscar this year. In alphabetical order they are: Brother Bear (Disney) Finding Nemo (Pixar) Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Warner Bros.) Millenium Actress (Dreamworks) Piglet's Big Movie (Disney) Pokemon Heroes (Miramax) Rugrats Go Wild! (Paramount) The Jungle Book 2 (Disney) The Triplets of Belleville (Sony Classics) Till Eulenspiegel (Solo Film) Tokyo Godfathers (Sony) The three nominees will be announced January 27 and the Oscars will be held on February 29th. Only two comments. First I noticed that Dreamworks' Sinbad did not make the list. I don't know if this is because Dreamworks did not submit the film, or because whoever in the Academy that puts together this list actualy had some other criteria. I find it hard to believe that Piglet's Big Movie or Rugrats Go Wild! are somehow more meritas than Sinbad (simply on a relative scale). Second, it's interesting that Looney Tunes is eligible here despite it being a live action movie with animated characters and not a true animated feature. This coming from the same group the refused to award any credit to work for Gollum from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers because "it was just animation". You'd never guess actors make up the largest voting block, would you? In the rumor mill it's said that both Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl still have outside shots at a Best Picture nod. The top grossing movie of the year often gets a token nomination; the question is whether the Academy will assume The Return of the King fits this slot. Disney's only real chance lies with the not-yet-released Cold Mountain. It's a Civil War epic love story starring Nichole Kidman and Jude Law. It's been receiving mixed to poor buzz, but there's still hope. The Company's other contender, Veronica Guerin vanished without a trace at the box office and now has no change. On the Miramax front, their Oscar hopes seem to lie with The Human Stain (hobbled by bad box office and generally unfavorable reviews) and Kill Bill, Volume One (hobbled by the fact that it's not really the academy's kind of flick). Still, Harv has made it his life's mission to rule the Oscars like Sauron and will use any tactic to win - or at least prevent anyone else from winning (especially those Hobbits). And yes, Mr. Pirate, there's a pretty good chance that Johnny Depp will receive a nomination for Pirates.