16 Oscars Awarded for Best Animated Feature in the 21st Century
The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature is a yearly award given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (commonly known as The Academy) for the best-animated film in the previous year. In order for the film to be considered as an animated feature, it must exceed the running time of 40 minutes with the major characters being animated, additionally, 75% of the film must be animated or include animation. If there is a submission of 16 or more films for the nominations, it will then be narrowed down to five. If there are less than 16 there will only be three films included in the final list. These animated films are not only limited to this award since they can also be nominated in other categories but it is quite a rare occurrence. The first recipient of the Best Animated Feature was Shrek in 2001.