This year, 20 movies have already been submitted for the Best Animated Feature category for the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony. According to THR, its the most nominee hopefuls they’ve had since the category was introduced back in 2002. With so many movies going after the same title the Academy may be forced to expand the available slots for award contention.

The following films are being taken into consideration for the Best Animated Feature. Some of the candidates are surprises, while others are expected so check out the following titles and tell us what you think.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Fox 2000)
Astro Boy (Summit)
Battle for Terra (Lionsgate)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Sony Animation)
Coraline (Focus)
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin — Story of a Dreamer (20th Century Fox)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (20th Century Fox)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox)
Mary & Max (IFC)
The Missing Lynx (Kandor Graphics, YaYa! Films)
Monsters vs. Aliens (DreamWorks Animation)
9 (Focus)
Planet 51 (Sony)
Ponyo (Disney and Studio Ghibli)
The Princess and the Frog (Disney)
The Secret of Kells (Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon, France 2 Cinema)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Disney)
A Town Called Panic (Studio Canal)
Up (Disney/Pixar)

From this group, the obvious front runners are Pixar’s Up, with Ponyo and Fantastic Mr. Fox close behind. Interestingly enough, there’s been some talk that Up might find itself in a category alongside 9 live action films, with possible consideration for the Best Picture category.

With this many contenders in the running, it would only make sense for them to expand the usual 3 slots to 5. It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch considering the Best Picture Award will have an astounding 10 film’s fighting for it.

What animated film do you think should definitely be nominated this year?