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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.

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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.

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The Producers Guild Award nominees in this category:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Lego Batman Movie

Surprise, surprise, the PGA went for big-budget Hollywood product straight down the line. (No Loving Vincent, which got an Art Directors Guild nomination, or The Breadwinner, which got the second-most Annie nominations.) And because the Oscars have opened the animated-feature nomination process to the entire Academy (and not just the animation branch), it stands to reason we'll see nothing but major-studio nominations there, too. Here's hoping the Academy surprises us.

The winner of the PGA award will be announced January 20.

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The Visual Effects Society award nominations, starting with the animated-feature-only categories:

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

  • Captain Underpants
  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature

  • Coco; Hèctor
  • Despicable Me 3; Bratt
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garma Mecha Man
  • The Boss Baby; Boss Baby
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Garmadon

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

  • Cars 3; Abandoned Racetrack
  • Coco; City of the Dead
  • Despicable Me 3; Hollywood Destruction
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie; Ninjago City

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Boss Baby

So the tally is:

  • 4 nominations -- Coco, Despicable Me 3
  • 4 nominations in 3 categories -- The Lego Ninjago Movie
  • 3 nominations -- Cars 3
  • 2 nominations -- The Boss Baby
  • 1 nomination -- Captain Underpants, Ferdinand, The Lego Batman Movie

But there is one other category in which an animated feature is nominated:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
  • Despicable Me 3; Dru’s Car
  • Life; The ISS
  • US Marines; Anthem; Monument

So Despicable Me 3 has more nominations than any other animated feature recognized by the VES this year.

The winners will be announced February 13.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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On 1/5/2018 at 7:59 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Producers Guild Award nominees in this category:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Lego Batman Movie

Surprise, surprise, the PGA went for big-budget Hollywood product straight down the line. (No Loving Vincent, which got an Art Directors Guild nomination, or The Breadwinner, which got the second-most Annie nominations.) And because the Oscars have opened the animated-feature nomination process to the entire Academy (and not just the animation branch), it stands to reason we'll see nothing but major-studio nominations there, too. Here's hoping the Academy surprises us.

The winner of the PGA award will be announced January 20.

And the winner is... Coco.

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The Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel nominees in this category:

  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Breadwinner
  • The Lego Batman Movie

Well Hallelujah, in addition to the usual boring corporate nominees, this guild saw fit to nominate an independent film, namely The Breadwinner.

Notably, Coco was also nominated by this guild in the "musical" category (alongside Beauty and the Beast and The Greatest Showman).

The winner will be announced February 18.

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And the nominees are...

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Amazingly, the Academy actually snubbed the sequels and toy movies and went for films with a little more artistic credibility. All three of the films that got more than three Annie Award nominations are represented here, and so are two of their nominees for Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature.

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On 12/4/2017 at 8:30 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

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

The winners will be announced February 3.

And the winners are...

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

Has an animated feature ever won pretty much *every* category at the Annies before?

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On 1/16/2018 at 11:35 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Visual Effects Society award nominations, starting with the animated-feature-only categories: . . .

So the tally is:

  • 4 nominations -- Coco, Despicable Me 3
  • 4 nominations in 3 categories -- The Lego Ninjago Movie
  • 3 nominations -- Cars 3
  • 2 nominations -- The Boss Baby
  • 1 nomination -- Captain Underpants, Ferdinand, The Lego Batman Movie

But there is one other category in which an animated feature is nominated:

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

  • Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters
  • Despicable Me 3; Dru’s Car
  • Life; The ISS
  • US Marines; Anthem; Monument

So Despicable Me 3 has more nominations than any other animated feature recognized by the VES this year.

The winners will be announced February 13.

And the winner is... Coco, in all four of the dedicated animated categories. Despicable Me 3 did *not* win in the fifth, blended category.

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On 1/22/2018 at 3:47 PM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel nominees in this category:

  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Breadwinner
  • The Lego Batman Movie

. . . The winner will be announced February 18.

And the winner is... Coco.

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On 10/01/2018 at 7:59 AM, Peter T Chattaway said:

The Cinema Audio Society award nominees in this category:

  • Cars 3
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • Ferdinand
  • The Lego Batman Movie

Once again, a guild goes for the boring, commercial, big-budget, big-studio movies.

The winner will be announced February 24.

And the winner is... Coco.

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