I'm interested in this year's Oscar race for Best Animated Feature because my perception, right or wrong, is that it was a weak year.
The various film critic organizations have begun to weigh in on their bests of the year, and Rango seems to be off to an early lead. The Boston, L.A. and S.F. critics have picked it as the best animated feature. The N.Y. film critics chose Tintin, though Richard Corliss of Time also picked Rango for his 10 best list.
It's interesting that with critics from three major cities accounted for, there isn't a Pixar or DreamWorks film mentioned.