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stills from the best animated feature oscar nominees Photos: (from left) Brave (Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.); The Pirates! (Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation); ParaNorman (LAIKA, Inc.); Wreck-It Ralph (Disney. All Rights Reserved.); Frankenweenie (Disney, All Rights Reserved.)

The Nominations Are In!

What do you think will be crowned Best Animated Feature?

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This morning was one of the biggest moments of the year for Hollywood. At 5:30 a.m., the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. The Academy Awards — also known as the Oscars — are the most prestigious honor handed out to movies in America.

Oscars are awarded in 24 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. These awards usually go to grown-up movies, but there's a category for movies kids have probably seen, too. This is the Best Animated Feature award. This year, the five nominees are Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph.

As it turns out, Kid Reporters have written about all five of these movies! Revisit their stories, then head over to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog and let us know what movie you think should win the Best Animated Feature Oscar!

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(L to R) Lord Macintosh and his son, Young Macintosh; Merida; Wee Dingwall and his father, Lord Dingwall; Lord MacGuffin and his son, Young MacGuffin from Brave. (Photo: ©2011 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.)
A Brave New Disney Princess

Brave is about "looking at yourself and finding bravery," director Mark Andrews told Kid Reporter Veronica Louise Mendoza. "Young people, especially teenagers, can really relate to her because she is a teenager, too. This story takes place in that awkward stage between child and adult, so her response to this is rebellion." Veronica interviewed Andrews when she visited Pixar Studios for a behind-the-scenes look at Brave. Kid Reporter Aminah Tamini, meanwhile, got an idea of how Brave was made at the Brave press junket.

still from the disney movie frankenweenie
In his attic lab, Young Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan) attempts to bring his dog Sparky back to life with lessons he learned about electricity in his science class. (Photo: © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
It's Alive! It's ALIVE!

Kid Reporter Diego Magana found out how the stop-motion Frankenweenie came alive at the movie's press junket. "I was a boy once. I had a dog," Tim Burton said. "[Frankenweenie] was based on that first kind of pure relationship. It was quite unconditional — your first love in a way. He also had this thing called distemper. They said he wasn't going to live very long, and he ended up living quite a long time, but there was always this specter hanging over. You're a kid, you don't really understand it, but that's where this whole thing sort of stemmed from."

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(l to r.) Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Alvin (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are surrounded by zombies in ParaNorman. (Photo: LAIKA, Inc.)
Weirdos Unite!

Diego also wrote about ParaNorman, another supernatural stop-motion animated movie. "People are going to love this movie because it has scares, it has laughs, as well as a heart," writer and co-director Chris Butler said. "[It is] an animated zombie movie for kids. There are no villains, only people who have made bad choices. And the cool thing is what makes [Norman] weird at the beginning of the movie is also what makes him special in the end."

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A still from the movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits. (Photo: Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation)
Laughs on the High Seas

Kid Reporter Dani Bergman Chudnow interviewed director Peter Lord and star Hugh Grant about this stop-motion nautical adventure The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Lord also directed Chicken Run and told Dani he was inspired to make the movie after reading the books The Pirates! is based on. Grant plays the Pirate Captain and said he got into character by stroking a lot of beards — a favorite pastime of the well-meaning Captain.

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Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) sets off on a quest to prove he can be a hero. His journey begins at Game Central Station, an industrial power strip that connects every game in the arcade. (Photo: ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.)
Wreck-It Ralph Smashes Into Theaters!

Kid Reporter Damien Murphy was invited to the Disney Animation Studio to go behind the scenes of Wreck-It Ralph. He saw production drawings of the Sugar Rush racecourse and Fix-It Felix, Jr. apartment building. He also spoke to director Rich Moore about bringing Wreck-It Ralph to movie theaters, which was the end of a long journey that began when he was a kid. "I thought it would be interesting to have the setting in a classic '80s 8-bit arcade game like when I was young," Moore told Damien. Damien also interviewed Stephanie Scott, one of the movie's stars.

The Oscars will be awarded on February 24.


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