Hollywood Reporter on Princesses vs. Neanderthals for Animated Oscar
In tracking the race for the 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Hollywood Reporter is noting efforts by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., to challenge Disney’s Frozen for the award. While Frozen is the heavy favorite and will benefit from its later release date keeping it more prominent in Academy members’ minds, DreamWorks has launched into a full-court press for The Croods, with several high-profile events for influential figures in Hollywood (since AMPAS rules restrict the number and kind of events that a studio can hold to lobby for an Oscar). Meanwhile, Disney isn’t sitting still, either, following up on Frozen’s continuing box office success with a “follow the bouncing ball” singalong version of the movie coming to theaters this Friday, the release of the movie soundtrack, and a celebration of the animation studio’s 90th anniversary. This past weekend, Frozen overtook Pixar’s Finding Nemo as the highest-grossing domestic non-sequel animated feature film, with a cumulative domestic box office take approaching $350 million.