Os­car Watch: Fea­ture Con­tenders

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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.

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