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Oscars: 20 animated features submitted for consideration

Submissions for animated Oscar feature include 'Big Hero 6,' 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and 'The Lego Movie'

Twenty films have been submitted for consideration in this year's animated feature Oscar category, a large and diverse group that could potentially be winnowed down to five.

According to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rules, the size of the animated feature category fluctuates depending on how many animated films are released in a given year -- at least 16 animated features must be released for there to be five nominees.

This year's group is a mix of large American studio pictures such as Disney Animation's "Big Hero 6," DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie," as well as smaller, foreign entries such as Ireland's "The Song of the Sea," Japan's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and the French/Belgian "Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants."

According to the academy, several of the films have not yet completed their required Los Angeles theatrical runs.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Jan. 15 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time.

The Oscars will be held on Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.

The complete list of animated films is:

"Big Hero 6"

"The Book of Life"

"The Boxtrolls"

"Cheatin'"

"Giovanni’s Island"

"Henry & Me"

"The Hero of Color City"

"How to Train Your Dragon 2"

"Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart"

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return"

"The Lego Movie"

"Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants"

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman"

"Penguins of Madagascar"

"The Pirate Fairy”

"Planes: Fire & Rescue”

"Rio 2"

"Rocks in My Pockets"

"Song of the Sea"

"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

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