By Jeff Labrecque
Updated November 04, 2011 at 09:00 PM EDT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 18 animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category at next February’s Oscars, including Steven Spielberg’s performance-capture based The Adventures of Tintin and the animation/live-action hybrid The Smurfs.

Academy rules state that as long as at least 16 films are submitted, then five will ultimately be nominated. (Last year, Toy Story 3 won the Oscar in a race of only three nominated movies.)

It’s also worth noting that an animation/live-action hybrid like The Smurfs has never been nominated in this category. A spokesperson for the Academy carefully explained that this is only a list of submitted films from the studios, and should not yet be interpreted as an endorsement that all the films have met the category’s criteria.

The 16 other films that were submitted include:

Alois Nebel

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Arthur Christmas

Cars 2

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Gnomeo & Juliet

Happy Feet Two

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Kung Fu Panda 2

Mars Needs Moms

Puss in Boots



Winnie the Pooh


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