"In September 2000, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they had created a new category for Best Animated Feature to be given out in 2002. For decades, figures in the animation community, notably voice legend June Foray and veteran animator Bill Littlejohn, had pressured the Academy to recognize the work in feature animation. The category would go into effect when eight animated films were eligible in a given year. An animated feature was defined as any film at least 70 minutes long, featuring an animated character in more than 75% of the film’s running time.
At the tale end of 2001, animators held their breath awaiting the announcement that there were at least eight eligible films. With 11 films entered, the award would go ahead. The list of films vying for a nomination included, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Marco Polo: Return to Xanadu, Monsters, Inc., Osmosis Jones, The Prince of Light, Shrek, The Trumpet of the Swan, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and Waking Life. The nominations ultimately went to Neutron, Monsters and Shrek — all CG films."
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