Oscar Watch: Feature Contenders
Intrepid indie distributors have made a valiant effort to make waves in the selection pool for this year’s Best Animated Feature Academy Award contenders. Amid the possible nominees are big-budget CG hits from top American studios
inventive overseas offerings, stop-motion feats and artistic anthologies.
HomeDreamWorks Animation Director: Tim Johnson Release Date: March 27 Box Office: $386 million worldwide ($177.4 million domestic) Rotten Tomatoes: 45% Synopsis: When Oh (Jim Parsons), a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip (Rihanna) who is on a quest of her own. The Word: “It’s refreshing to see a nonwhite lead. ... There’s fun to be had when (Steve) Martin or Parsons is allowed to ham it up, but director Tim Johnson ( Over the Hedge) relies too heavily on generic chase set pieces — and the occasional heart-to-heart set to a ballad.” — Sara Stewart, New York Post.