One film that's already been released that might have an awards play:
- The Secret World of Arrietty, the Japanese retelling of the classic children's story The Borrowers was co-written by Oscar-winner and master stylist Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and released through Disney's Studio Ghibli. It's a low-key, but enchanting movie, beautifully animated and enriched with creativity. That the film come out last month to a bit of sluggish box office return may hurt it's chances at a Best Animated Feature slot, as well as Disney's likely strategy to go full throttle with Pixar's upcoming Brave come awards season, it may be unlikely to hear The Secret World of Arrietty uttered on January 15th. Even still-- it's stronger than any of the 5 nominees from 2011, and an early release dates didn't hurt Coraline in 2009. Plus, Miyazki's name at the very least, should mean something to branch that gave him a statue in 2002.