In the history of Academy awards only three animated movies were nominated for Best Picture.
Out of these three Up and Toy Story 3 were also nominated for and won the award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Beauty and the Beast wasn't nominated for the same because, well, that award didn't exist back then in 1991.
- Are there any special criteria for an animated film to be included in the nominations for Best Picture award?
- Why do they include an animated film in the Best Picture nominations list (and the respective voting process) when there is already a separate category for Best Animated Feature.
I have gone through respective Wikipedia and news articles but didn't find any information on it. I also checked the official rules. But these rules talk about mostly about the technicalities the voting and submission process etc.