Overnight, the US Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2013 Oscars, and Disney's Wreck-It Ralph is amongst the nominees for best Animated Feature.
I'm not sure what to make of this information, but the Animated Feature Film category is the one area of this year's Oscars field where I've actually seen a reasonable number of the contenders. Whichever way you slice it, the smart money would bet on Disney taking home an Oscar in any case, given that of the five nominees, three are Disney productions.
Wreck-It Ralph will be competing on Oscars night against Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Brave and The Pirates! Band Of Misfits.
That's a tough field; Brave isn't Pixar's strongest work, but it's Pixar, and the Academy loves Pixar; I thought it was fair but not great. In the battle of mobile games, Brave is much better than the very bland Wreck-It-Ralph game, but then it's reskinned Temple Run, so that's hardly fair.
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits is great, although I wish they'd kept the original UK title, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. Just because I can, here's the trailer for that again too.
I've no idea or real opinion on the other two; Frankenweenie passed me by and ParaNorman has only just opened in Australian cinemas. You know what, though? If Wreck-It-Ralph does win, they should give the job of accepting the award to Q*Bert. Who wouldn't want to see that? [2013 Oscar Nominees]