Nominations: Best Animated FeatureWins/Snubs: While I really liked this, there's not a chance it will win. With Brave and Wreck-It Ralph in the race, and far superior, ParaNorman will be an also-ran.
I actually saw this just before the nominations were announced, so I don't think of it as a cheat. It was recommended to me by Ryan, and he was right, though I usually don't care for clay-mation. Norman, our hero, can speak with ghosts (the dead), which is explained pretty quickly, but isn't all that obvious during the opening scenes. This means he's weird - his family doesn't understand him, and he's bullied at school. It doesn't help matters that his uncle is also really weird (he too can speak to ghosts), and when Norman has a vision, his uncle (John Goodman) says that someday it will be Norman's responsibility to save the town. As the movie unfolds we see how and why - including zombies and ghost witches and a past wrong that gets to be corrected. Thankfully, Norman is a pretty awesome hero - he's the smart, sassy, nerd who can make friends, and rally people together. The story is more complicated (and a little too fantastical) to try to describe much here, but know that kids over about 6, and almost any teens or adults will probably like this movie.