Assuming at least sixteen of these make their qualifying theatrical runs, the category will have five nominees this year—something that's happened only twice before since the award was established in 2001.
Cars 2 will consequently face a tough challenge in taking home the prize. (The first real challenge for a Pixar film since the first Cars.) In fact, there's even the risk that it could lose out on a nomination if the naysayers have their way.
Nominations will be announced on January 24, 2012, at 5:30 AM PT. The awards will be presented on February 26.