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26 ‘Best Animated Feature’ Submissions Listed For 90th Academy Awards

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It’s that time once again to celebrate the best of cinema with the Oscars! In preparation for the 90th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed all the submissions for their Best Animated Feature award.

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[Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

A total of 26 animated films from all around the world, both mainstream and independent, have made it onto the list in hopes of earning the trophy. Variety reports that Pixar’s Coco and Warner Animation Group’s The Lego Batman Movie are among the top contenders, while GKIDS boasted the most submissions with seven in total.

In alphabetical order, the submitted films are:

  • The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales… (French: Le grand méchant renard et autres contes…)
  • Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Spanish: Psiconautas, los niños olvidados)
  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
  • Cars 3
  • Cinderella the Cat (Italian: Gatta Cenerentola)
  • Coco
  • Despicable Me 3
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Ethel & Ernest
  • Ferdinand
  • The Girl without Hands (French: La Jeune Fille sans mains)
  • In This Corner of the World (Japanese: この世界の片隅に)
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie
  • Loving Vincent
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Japanese: メアリと魔女の花)
  • Moomins and the Winter Wonderland (Finnish: Muumien joulu)
  • My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
  • Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me (Japanese: ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語)
  • A Silent Voice (Japanese: 映画 聲の形)
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • The Star
  • Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (Japanese: 劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン -オーディナル・スケール-)
  • Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Open Road’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature and Spark: A Space Tail are shown to be absent from the list, as well as Lionsgate’s Rock Dog and My Little Pony: The Movie. Additionally, The Weinstein Company’s Leap! (their release of Ballerina) was also not submitted, considering the toxic situation the studio is in.

In order for these films to qualify and advance in the voting process, they are required to comply with the qualifying rules and theatrical release requirements. We will find out which five films make the final cut when the 90th Academy Awards nominations get announced on January 23, 2018.

Let us know in the comments on who you’re rooting for to get nominated!

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Danilo Cervantes C

    Ok so WHERE IS YOUR NAME?…..

    • Renard N. Bansale

      Submitted last year and nothing came of it (and I will hold Funimation against that for years to come). >_<

  • My prediction is that Coco, LEGO Batman, The Breadwinner, Loving Vincent, and The Big Bad Fox and other tales will be nominated. I’m really hoping for a LEGO Batman nomination, since The LEGO Movie not only should have been nominated in 2015, but won an oscar too. And LEGO Batman Movie is also a great film, and a nomination would be well deserving. A DreamWorks movie may also get a nomination, and I’ve heard good things about Captain Underpants so that one might sneak in the running. And although I really like Cars 3, I suspect that only one Pixar movie will get a nomination. I think Coco will bring home the award.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I have yet to see Captain Underpants myself. But I do hope to watch it over the holidays. I liked Despicable Me 3 but wasn’t awesome or a threequel compared to Cars 3.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    My Nominees for Best Animated Feature:
    (out of 14 of the eligible animated films seen as of this comment)
    …..
    — Cars 3
    — The Girl Without Hands
    — In This Corner of the World
    — Loving Vincent
    — My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

  • Renard N. Bansale

    I don’t really mind that My Little Pony wasn’t listed here, but…I was somewhat hoping that “I’m the Friend You Need” (i.e., the film’s best song and the only one worth remembering) could get nominated for Best Original Song just so that Taye Diggs could sing it at the telecast. (Maybe the film could still be eligible for that category?)

    • Manuel Orozco

      The last time I wanted an animated movie song to be nominated was Better When I’m Dancing from the Peanuts Movie.

      • Renard N. Bansale

        2015, right? Um…have you seen Shaun the Sheep?

        • Manuel Orozco

          No plus I’m not a fan of his shorts. While we are at it, Peanuts was my favorite animated film of 2015 tied with Inside Out

          • Renard N. Bansale

            I loved the Shaun the Sheep film and regard it as my 5th favorite film of 2015 (below Mad Max: Fury Road and above Son of Saul). I asked because the film kicks off with a little ditty called “Feels Like Summer”, which I’d argue is hands-down the best original film song of 2015 and is my pick for the most egregious snub of the 88th Oscars.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Ok then

          • Manuel Orozco

            By the way my other favorite movies of 2015 are Furious 7, Cinderella, Jurassic World, The Martian, Daddy’s Home, Pitch Perfect 2 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

          • Renard N. Bansale

            Are those all the films you watched in 2015?

          • Manuel Orozco

            Not all of them but simply the best. I also forgot to include Avengers Age of Ultron

          • Renard N. Bansale

            Because…”Better When I’m Dancing” isn’t that great of a song and The Peanuts Movie has faded from the radar, I’d argue, for being too safe of an update of its source material. I’d even argue that “Better When I’m Dancing” has nothing, either in lyrics, composition, and in-story relevance, on “Feels Like Summer” from Shaun the Sheep.

            I consider 2015 as one of the 2010s’ best years in film so far. Judging by the list you gave me, I feel like you haven’t seen the true cream of the cinematic crop of 2015. I’m talking films like Steve Jobs, Sicario, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Big Short, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight, and The Hateful Eight.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I just have my own taste

    • I felt that Open Up Your Eyes and Time To Be
      Awesome were better, but that is just my view.
      The one you mentioned was my third favorite.

      • Renard N. Bansale

        “Open Up Your Eyes” is an okay villain song that slightly lifts up what I consider a bored Emily Blunt performance. It’s my distant runner-up. “Time to Be Awesome” was fine for when it was playing, but its lyrics aren’t too great (“Everything Is Awesome”, much?) and it’s just not that memorable (heck, I can’t even remember it off the top of my head) because the whole pirate segment and its featured characters was one of several segments that dragged the film for me. I just love how Taye Diggs commits to his fun and soulful song in his criminally-short screen time as the con-cat with a heart.

        • Yeah, they could have easily gotten rid of the
          pirate sequence and it wouldn’t hurt the film.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    In This Corner of the World and The Girl Without Hands are hands-down 2017’s two best animated films (as of this comment). If neither of them get nominated, I WILL throw a chair. >_<

  • Marielle

    I think Coco, In this Corner of the World and Window Horses deserve nominations.

    I haven’t seen The Breadwinner, The Big Bad Fox and The Girl Without Hands, but they all look good and The Breadwinner is guaranteed to get a nomination I think.

    There are actually two movies I would have nominated if they were eligible, but I don’t see them on this list: Louise by the Shore and Big Fish & Begonia.

    Realistically, based on the amount of publicity, I would say the likely nominees would be Coco, Cars 3, The Breadwinner, Loving Vincent and another indie.

  • Yellow

    I imagine Coco will win.

    • Jordan Briskin

      Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it did.

  • Rachel Wagner

    I’ve seen 19 of these and the indies/animes like A Silent Voice and The Breadwinner deserve nominations but we will see what happens

  • Manuel Orozco

    I don’t have a particular prediction nominee list. However the best animated films I’ve seen so far this year are Cars 3 and Smurfs Lost Village. Both Lego movies are on par but Ninjango lacked the surprising earnest tone of Batman. I’m going to wait for Coco to come out on DVD Netflix and I might see Ferdinand.

  • Alex

    We all know Coco is gonna win. And having seen the movie 9 times already, I can be sure it will. It totally deserves it

    • Manuel Orozco

      9 times? No way how good was it

    • Renard N. Bansale

      Damn, 9 times? I’ve only seen a handful of my 2017 favorites thrice each.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Such as?

        • Renard N. Bansale

          Kong: Skull Island, T2 Trainspotting, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, Wind River, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. I’ll see these a fourth time only on home entertainment.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Loved Homecoming

  • Unsure how this race will go since I feel this race for Animation isn’t as strong as last year (given it had A TON of amazing noms!) but I hope to see how Coco fairs, I’m so glad it’s doing super good in Mexico, I have high hopes now… XD

  • Jeremiah

    There’s no question Coco will win. Which is annoying, since what made people fall for Pixar in the first place is how it eschewed the Disney tropes that Coco relies on. Hopefully the movie will be strong enough to make up for that. It IS Pixar, so we’ll see.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I love Pixar’s features as well but I don’t blame you. Back in 09, I wanted Kung Fu Panda to win over Wall-E and in 2013 Wreck It Ralph over Brave.

      • Jeremiah

        I was team Brave. But in retrospect I think more and more of Wreck it Ralph and Brave is good but a little less impressive with every viewing. Hrm.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Fair enough

  • Fadi Antwan

    My prediction:

    -Coco
    -The Breadwinner
    -Loving Vincent
    -The LEGO Batman Movie
    -Cars 3 (less sure about this one)

    • Manuel Orozco

      Cars 3 was better than Lego Batman

      • Renard N. Bansale

        Agree with you there. Lego Batman was obnoxious and too tongue-in-cheek for its own good, as are the other Lego movies.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I like them but its style of humor isn’t something I would want to see every day

  • Sony is insane for submitting the Emoji Movie!

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m glad I chose not to see it or choosing not to see The Star. Smurfs was awesome. Next year, I will be looking forward to both Hotel Transylvania 3 and Spider Man with Miles Morales.

  • I am a little disappointed that MLP movie was
    not submitted, but it wouldn’t have won. Based
    on the reviews I read, half of the critics (basing
    this on the 45% RT score) who also don’t watch
    the show thought it was just a generic kids film.

  • As for who I think will win, I’ll say Coco will win.
    Why? Because it is Pixar and reviews are good.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m going to wait until Coco comes out on DVD since I don’t want to pay to see both the movie and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. I rather see the short when it airs on ABC

      • It looks good enough so I’ll watch it in theaters.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Suit yourself. Because after Justice League comes out next week I will be saving my movie money for Star Wars Last Jedi.

  • Trev

    Coco probably has this. Pretty weak year overall.