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Oscar Race: Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, Madagascar 3 Among Animated Films in the Running

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After billions of pixels, millions of dollars and thousands of man hours, 21 movies are hoping for a little Oscar love next year.

That's the number of films that have officially been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film race, ranging from star-studded, big-studio offerings like, Wreck-It  Ralph, Brave and Madagascar 3 to artsier titles from France and Japan to more adult fare like A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

At most, only five of the proffered 21 will wind up in the Oscar night spotlight.

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And, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of the films haven't yet played in Los Angeles County—a requirement for a nomination, FYI—so they must do that if they hope to qualify for the big show.

They had better get to unspooling at a theater near Hollywood: Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 10, 2013, about a week earlier than usual, at 5:30 a.m. PT.

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Here's the complete list of films submitted for consideration:

• Aventures in Zambezia
• Brave
• Delhi Safari
• Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
• Frankenweenie
• From Up on Poppy Hill
• Hey Krishna
• Hotel Transylvania
• Ice Age Continental Drift
• A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
• Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
• The Mystical Laws
• The Painting
• ParaNorman
• The Pirates! Band of Misfits
• The Rabbi's Cat
• Rise of the Guardians
• Secret of the Wings
• Walter & Tandoori's Christmas
• Wreck-It Ralph
• Zarafa

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