'The Breadwinner,' 'Coco,' 'Loving Vincent' vying for Academy Awards
Oscar voters have 26 new features to consider for a best animated feature nomination.
AMPAS announced Friday the final list of submissions for the traditionally competitive category, from which anywhere between two and five honorees will be selected, pending which contenders fulfill qualification requirements.
Among those vying for a nomination include Nora Twomey’s Angelina Jolie-produced festival player The Breadwinner, about a young girl who poses as a boy to support her family in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Pixar’s upcoming Día de Muertos-inspired coming-of-age tale Coco, and the ambitious Loving Vincent, an account of a young man’s journey to Vincent van Gogh’s hometown, told entirely through intricately crafted oil paintings in the artist’s style.
The Japanese animation entry In This Corner of the World (based on the manga of the same name) and Dash Shaw’s My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, featuring an ensemble voice cast that includes Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Sarandon, and filmmaker John Cameron Mitchell, have also been submitted.
Several commercial-leaning pictures are also among potential nominees, namely Universal’s Despicable Me 3, a pair of Warner Bros. Animation titles (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie), and surprise hit The Boss Baby, which grossed $175 million domestically–20th Century Fox’s biggest hit of the year behind Logan.
For the first time in the category’s relatively short history (2001’s Shrek was the set’s first recipient), all eligible members of the Academy’s voting ranks will be able to vote on nominees. Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 23, ahead of the 90th Academy Awards telecast on March 4.
Check out the full list of 26 films submitted for best animated feature below:
“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”
“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children”
“The Boss Baby”
“Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie”
“Cinderella the Cat”
“Despicable Me 3”
“The Emoji Movie”
“Ethel & Ernest”
“The Girl without Hands”
“In This Corner of the World”
“The Lego Batman Movie”
“The Lego Ninjago Movie”
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”
“Moomins and the Winter Wonderland”
“My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”
“A Silent Voice”
“Smurfs: The Lost Village”
“Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale”
“Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming”