The good news? Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist has been nominated for Best Animated Feature. The bad news? It gets the nod along side powerhouses Toy Story 3 and the sneak smash hit How To Train Your Dragon. The odds of this quiet French film about an aging magician and his friendship with a young girl taking home the statue are pretty long. However, it’s still a very exciting achievement considering how strong the animated category was this year.

The only conceivable path to victory? Disney/Pixar has made a significant push to have Toy Story 3 be considered as a Best Picture winner. The tear-jerking third installment of the massive talking toy franchise was nominated amongst the Best Picture field of 10. Maybe enough voters agree that Woody & Co. belong behind the big podium and decided to throw their Animation vote behind Chomet’s flick?

We shall see.