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Oscars 2019: Best Animated Feature

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The 25 qualifying contenders (with the ones I've seen in bold):

  • “Ana y Bruno”
  • “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”
  • “Early Man”
  • “Fireworks”
  • “Have a Nice Day”
  • “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
  • “Incredibles 2”
  • “Isle of Dogs”
  • “The Laws of the Universe – Part I”
  • “Liz and the Blue Bird”
  • “Lu over the Wall”
  • “MFKZ”
  • “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms”
  • “Mirai”
  • “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl”
  • “On Happiness Road”
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
  • “Ruben Brandt, Collector”
  • “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero”
  • “Sherlock Gnomes”
  • “Smallfoot”
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
  • “Tall Tales”
  • “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”
  • “Tito and the Birds”

Cartoon Brew observes: "It’s a particularly diverse year for international animation, including entries from Mexico (Ana y Bruno), China (Have a Nice Day), Taiwan (On Happiness Road), Hungary (Ruben Brandt, Collector), Brazil (Tito and the Birds), and a record eight animated features produced in Japan."

And I'm guessing that last figure doesn't include Isle of Dogs, which is *set* in Japan but was produced in England by American and German animators?

Notably, I believe this is the first year that the *entire* Academy will be involved in nominating the films in this category; prior to this, only the Academy's Animation branch was involved in the nomination process, which allowed some good independent and foreign films to get some love (while more explicitly commercial films like The Lego Movie were not nominated at all, despite getting good reviews).

The nominees will be announced January 22.

(Edited December 4 to mark the films I have caught up with since originally posting this.)

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Huh...I just got a screener offer for Sgt. Stubby and sort of laughed. Guess I have to watch it now. 

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

11 nominations in 10 categories:

  • Incredibles 2 -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Voice Acting (Holly Hunter), Character Design, Character Animation, Storyboarding (x2), Animated Effects, Music, Editing

10 nominations:

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Voice Acting (Sarah Silverman), Character Design, Character Animation, Storyboarding, Animated Effects, Music, Editing

7 nominations:

  • Early Man -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Voice Acting (Eddie Redmayne), Character Animation, Production Design, Animated Effects, Music
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Character Design, Character Animation, Production Design, Editing

4 nominations:

  • Isle of Dogs -- Best Animated Feature, Voice Acting (Bryan Cranston), Character Animation, Production Design

3 nominations:

  • Dr Seuss' The Grinch -- Storyboarding, Music, Editing
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation -- Directing, Production Design, Animated Effects
  • Mary Poppins Returns -- Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding
  • Next Gen -- Voice Acting (Charlyne Yi), Character Design, Animated Effects

2 nominations:

  • Mirai -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature, Writing
  • Ruben Brandt, Collector -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature, Editing

1 nomination:

  • Ce Magnifique Gateau! -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature
  • MFKZ -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature
  • Smallfoot -- Music
  • Teen Titans Go! to the Movies -- Writing
  • Tito and the Birds -- Best Animated INDEPENDENT Feature

The winners will be announced February 2.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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