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Oscars 2018: Best Animated Feature

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The qualifying films (with the ones I've seen in bold):

  • “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”
  • “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”
  • “The Boss Baby”
  • “The Breadwinner”
  • “Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”
  • “Cars 3”
  • “Cinderella the Cat”
  • “Coco”
  • “Despicable Me 3”
  • “The Emoji Movie”
  • “Ethel & Ernest”
  • “Ferdinand”
  • “The Girl without Hands”
  • “In This Corner of the World”
  • “The Lego Batman Movie”
  • “The Lego Ninjago Movie”
  • “Loving Vincent”
  • “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”
  • “Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”
  • “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”
  • “Napping Princess”
  • “A Silent Voice”
  • “Smurfs: The Lost Village”
  • “The Star”
  • “Sword Art Online: The Movie - Ordinal Scale”
  • “Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”

This year marks the first time that the nominees in this category will be chosen by the *entire* Academy, rather than the animation branch. This means the category will probably be deeply compromised this year, because when it comes to animation, the average Academy member is a moron who is only interested in stuff that grosses hundreds of millions of dollars -- if it's popular, it must be good, right? and if they haven't seen it for themselves already, then it probably wasn't worth seeing to begin with, right?

To put this another way: in previous years, I would have thought that Loving Vincent was a lock for a nomination in this category. This year, however, I'm not so sure.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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The Annie Award nominees (with the films I have seen in bold):

13 nominations in 11 categories:

  • Coco -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Voice Acting (Anthony Gonzalez), Character Design, Character Animation (x2), Production Design, Storyboarding (x2), Animated Effects, Music, Editing

10 nominations in 9 categories:

  • The Breadwinner -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature, Directing, Writing, Voice Acting (x2: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq), Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding, Music, Editing

6 nominations in 5 categories:

  • The Boss Baby -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Character Design, Character Animation (x2), Storyboarding

3 nominations:

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie -- Best Animated Feature, Voice Acting (Nick Kroll), Music
  • Despicable Me 3 -- Best Animated Feature, Character Design, Animated Effects
  • The Lego Batman Movie -- Directing, Voice Acting (Zach Galifianakis), Editing
  • Loving Vincent -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature, Writing, Music

2 nominations:

  • The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales -- Directing, Character Animation
  • Cars 3 -- Best Animated Feature, Animated Effects
  • Ferdinand -- Production Design, Editing
  • Mary and the Witch's Flower -- Writing, Production Design
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure -- Animated Effects, Music
  • The Star -- Storyboarding, Editing

1 nomination:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage -- Animated Effects
  • In This Corner of the World -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature
  • Leap! (aka Ballerina) -- Production Design
  • Napping Princess -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village -- Character Design

All of these films are eligible for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature except for Olaf's Frozen Adventure (which is only 20-odd minutes long), Avatar Flight of Passage (which is a theme park attraction) and Leap!.

The winners will be announced February 3.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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