Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Oscar Nomination sign now

As Oscar nominations draw near, the undersigned feel that one movie has been wrongfully overlooked by the Academy due to the rules.

This movie is Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heavens Door.

The movie has the taste and beauty of a hybrid combining 1940s noir with Science Fiction and dash of present time. It gives a new meaning to Japanese animation, or Anime, which has been largely overlooked by todays film culture due to the atmosphere Hollywood has today. Los Angeles Times writer Charles Solomon proclaimed Cowboy Bebop closer in tone and content to the film noir detective movies of the '40s than to the upbeat musical fairy tales of American animated features. (April 4, 2003)

It is unjust that this movie is ineligible for a nomination due to its international release date. Anime has to be re-dubbed, or changed, into a different language. This takes time. Actors have to be cast; the script needs to be retranslated. After all this is done, then the actors have the difficulty of recording their voices to the movie. This has to be done exactly right, or else the movie looks sloppy and rushed. Cowboy Bebop required this in order for it to be viewable by American audiences. Cowboy Bebop was released in Japan September 1, 2002 and was later released in America April 4th, 2003.

This rule, however, is totally unfair to any anime out there. This rule excludes any anime that is redone for American audiences, making only rushed Animes and American Animated Films eligible for Oscars.

The undersigned would like you to reconsider this rule and please consider Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heavens Door for an Oscar nomination.

Sources: A space cowboy who doesn't pull his punches By Charles Solomon Link:,0,220901.story?coll=cl\%2Dmreview
-Yahoo! Movies: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2003) Author unknown, and

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  • 17 December 201550. Jacob Dalton
    This was a great movie and it should have the chance to compete for an oscar just as other great movies City, State, Country Ida,LA US
  • 27 November 201549. Nicholas M
    I think Cowboy Bebop the movie is stunning and the storytelling is great and it is unfair to only let american animation and very quickley dubbed anime to enter because some anime is hurried so it could be considered for a Oscar but when this happens it d
  • 13 November 201548. Liz Maynard
    Cowboy Bebop really deserves something like this. It is a great show and the movie was outstanding. Please consider this petition :) City, State, Country Australia
  • 08 September 201547. Simone C
    This really should be a nominee!
  • 25 August 201546. Daniel O
  • 29 May 201545. Alvin L
    I support this petition
  • 27 April 201544. Trey Bolton
    i think what they did to Cowboy Bebop is wrong
  • 23 January 201543. Brian B
    This movie was amazing, it deserves an oscar. City, State, Country Roslyn, New York
  • 17 January 201542. Gabriel Richards
    this is so cool City, State, Country CA
  • 26 December 201441. Schwartz Patrick
    I support this petition
  • 01 May 201440. Michael Reynolds
    the greatest anime of the year
  • 10 March 201439. Dave S
    Just do it City, State, Country Waterford, MI, USA
  • 02 January 201438. Sausage Jefferson
    I support this petition
  • 30 December 201337. Primo C
    fu dan jk City, State, Country iraq
  • 05 October 201336. Nicholas Burch
    I support this petition
  • 23 July 201335. Zack B
    Such a great film should be eligible for such an award. This is the AMERICAN awards,not about the original Japanese version,so the original date should be disregarded.
  • 09 July 201334. Joseph Q
    The eligibility of this film really comes down to simple situational nuance, and it deserves the same right to nomination as any other dubbed film! Not only this, but the movie was great indeed, well worthy of at least some sort of recognition, which the
  • 07 May 201333. Geneva G
    I loved this movie and it is very underrated.
  • 11 April 201332. Susan M
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 201231. Manter D
    go City, State, Country Parais
  • 27 September 201230. Kyo Nor
    wow, whoever is saying this rule is right should be hung
  • 02 September 201229. Alex C
    C'mon man City, State, Country ca
  • 13 December 201128. Wenkai Y
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 201127. Lisa Watkins
    If this movie is not allowed for an Oscar Nomination it will be unfair to all Japanese anime. It takes time to dub a movie or a show. It wasn't released until 2003 in the US so it should be eligible for the 2003 award. I love Cowboy Bebop, but have not se
  • 12 March 201126. Dustin B
    it was realesed in japan in 2001.. yea big deal it was released in the US in 2003 therefore shouldnt it be able to be a nominee since it was in the US at the right time City, State, Country UT
  • 08 October 201025. Charlie X
    "A work which becomes a genre of its own will be called Cowboy Bebop" City, State, Country Plainfield, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • 18 June 200924. Austin E
    I support this petition

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Taylor MedinaBy:
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/ Ric Robertson ( Executive Administrator)


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