With animated films like The LEGO Movie, Big Hero 6 and Boxtrolls earning rave reviews from critics, it's little wonder these three films have turned up on the contenders list for the 2015 Academy Awards. But it turns out they are just three of 20 films that qualify for the Best Animated Picture category this year.

Variety reports that with 20, the 87th Academy Awards has one more contender than last year. Per Academy rules, these 20 qualifying films will be narrowed down to five Oscar nominees. Such a long list of animated features might seem intimidating. But let's break it down so you can be as informed as a member of the Academy.

 The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie
Synopsis: In a world made of LEGOs and populated by mini-figs, Emmett is an everyman, pretty content in his daily routine. But when a fateful fall lands him in the company of a prophesizing wizard, a badass heroine and Batman, Emmett must prove extraordinary to stop the evil plan of the nefarious President Business.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Charlie Day and Morgan Freeman.

Read our review here.

Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6
Synopsis: Based on the Marvel comics, this Disney action-comedy follows the adventure of teen genius Hiro, who teams with his engineering friends to create cutting edge tech that turns them into a superhero team out to fight for justice in San Fransokyo.

Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, T. J. Miller and Maya Rudolph.

Read our review here.

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