In a normal year, any of these would have won:
Coraline (Henry Selick)
This is masterful telling of a brilliant story. The visuals not only dazzle, but also support the subtext of the screenplay.
The smooth wittiness of the script combined with the deliberate jumpiness of the animation combines to give one undeniably cool and hilarious movie.
Mary and Max (Adam Elliot)
An overlooked gem that is utterly moving and delightful. A sharp sense of humour brings levity to some weighty subject matter.
Simply adorable from start to finish. It's for children, but it's not childish, and comes complete with some of Miyazaki's favourite themes.
Up (Pete Docter)
What started out as a simple but captivating image is fleshed out into a wonderfully imaginative and poignant tale by Pixar's ingenious story-spinners.
Just missed: The Princess and the Frog.