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'Song of the Sea,' 'Penguins,' 'Princess Kaguya' could make Oscar cut
'Song of the Sea,' 'Penguins,' 'Princess Kaguya' could make Oscar cut

In a year without a Pixar film — or "Frozen" for that matter — the animated feature Oscar race is as wide open as it's ever been. "The Lego Movie" is a sure nominee and "Big Hero 6," "The Book of Life," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "The Boxtrolls" all stand a solid chance, but one or more films that make the final cut this year could come from the ranks of the underdogs. Here are three strong left-field contenders: "Song of the Sea" Tomm Moore's debut feature "The Secret of Kells" was a surprise nominee in 2010, so there's good reason to expect the academy will be just as...

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