Ok let's talk about the best-animated feature Oscar.
As an academy member I must see all of the films. However I missed a few of them, "Planet 51", "Astro Boy" and "A Christmas Carol". But I've seen all of the nominated films. I first would like to complain about a couple of films that should have been nominated. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is a wonderful creative, imaginative film. Also I thought "Ponyo" by the great Hayao Miyazaki would have gotten nominated but alas it was a tough year.
As for the nominated films let's start with "Up", the Pixar blockbuster that is the odds on favorite for the gold statuette. I love all the Pixar films and this one is excellent though not my favorite.
Then there's Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" a retro 2D tale that's filled with charm and great music. Any other year I'd vote for this film because it's traditional animation and also wildly entertaining although the frogs are badly designed.
"The Secret of the Kells" by Tom Moore is a real dark horse candidate from Ireland. I met Tom in Zagreb and fell in love with the film. With absolutely no promotional budget it has an extremely slim chance to win the Oscar. But it's a feast for the eyes.
"Coraline" by Henry Selick is another of my favorites. It has a great style, imaginative story, and darker than usual Oscar nomination. But I loved it!
And lastly and least is "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Wes "The Quirk" Anderson. Not only is the story totally bland but also the style is very dull and anti-visual. I hated the character and background design.
I haven't cast my vote yet and I'm not supposed to reveal my vote. But I will say it's down to "The Secret of the Kells" and "Coraline". But I rarely vote for the film that ultimately wins but heh! you never know.