Awards season is starting to gear up now, and you'll be happy to hear, after the somewhat controversial Golden Globe nominations last week, that the nominations for the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards are a lot more in line with what we were expecting. That is to say, Pixar's Monsters University and Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, notable omissions from the Globes, are both included in the animation line-up. Check the full list of five nominees for Best Animated Feature below.
The same three films that were nominated for the Golden Globe (that is to say, Frozen, Despicable Me 2 and The Croods) all got a nomination, alongside Pixar's Monsters University and Studio Ghibli's acclaimed The Wind Rises. Frozen and Despicable Me 2 also nabbed nominations for Best Original Song, for "Let It Go" and "Happy" respectively.
I'd expect to see Frozen win, but The Wind Rises has strong praise behind it too, and is further bolstered by the fact that it's apparently animation legend Hayao Miyazaki's last film.
Check out the full list of nominations here. The winners will be announced on 16th January, 2014.