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The 2017 Animation Nominations at the Oscars (and Razzies)

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90th Academy Awards

[Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

It’s Oscar season! The time of the year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honour the best in cinema. The various nominees for the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, set to be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, were revealed on January 23. Movies like The Shape of Water and Dunkirk are among the top nominees, but for this article, we’ll be looking into the animation categories.

The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent, Dear Basketball, Garden Party, Lou, Negative Space, Revolting Rhymes

[DreamWorks Animation, StudioCanal, Disney/Pixar, 20th Century Fox, Altitude Film Distribution, Gunpowder & Sky, MoPA, Disney/Pixar, Ru Kuwahata/Max Porter, BBC]

In the Best Animated Feature category, it is virtually the exact same list that the Golden Globes had for their Best Animated Film nominations. These were DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby (which Kimmel coincidently voiced in), Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner, Pixar’s Coco, Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, and the Vincent van Gogh biopic Loving Vincent. Like with the Globes, The Boss Baby and Ferdinand are unusual choices since they lack the massive acclaim of the other nominees.

Then there is the Best Animated Short Film category, which has nominated a good variety of short animated projects. The list includes Glean Keane’s Dear Basketball, Illogic Collective’s Garden Party, Pixar’s Lou, Max Porter and Ru Kuwuhata’s Negative Space, and Magic Light/Triggerfish’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting RhymesCoco additionally gained a Best Original Song nomination for the song “Remember Me”.

Below is the list of nominees for the animation categories (via The Hollywood Reporter):

Best Animated Feature

  • The Boss Baby (Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito)
  • The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo)
  • Coco (Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson)
  • Ferdinand (Carlos Saldanha)
  • Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welshman, and Ivan Mactaggart)

Best Animated Short Film

  • Dear Basketball (Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant)
  • Garden Party (Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon)
  • Lou (Dave Mullins and Dana Murray)
  • Negative Space (Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata)
  • Revolting Rhymes (Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer)

Moving away from the Oscars, there is the opposite award ceremony with the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, dedicated to awarding the worst in cinema. And believe it or not, Sony Pictures Animation’s universally-despised movie about emojis became a big contender in the nominations.

[Sony Pictures, Golden Raspberry Award Foundation]

The Emoji Movie was nominated for Worst Picture alongside Baywatch, Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy, and Transformers: The Last Knight. It was also earned nominations for Worst Director (Tony Leondis), Worst Screen Combo (“Any two obnoxious emojis”), and Worst Screenplay (Tony Leondis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White). Aside from Worst Screen Combo, this is the first time in the award’s history that an animated feature has been nominated in these categories.

Recognition of animation in the Razzies is extremely rare, as only two have won an award. These were Thumbelina (1994) for Worst Original Song (“Marry the Mole”), and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014) for Worst Supporting Actor (Kelsey Grammer as Tin Man). Other animated films nominated for a Razzie include Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Eight Crazy Nights (2002), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008).

The full list of the 38th Golden Raspberry nominations can be viewed via The Hollywood Reporter.

The Razzie winners will be announced on March 3, 2018, while the Oscar winner announcements will occur the following day on March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. In closing, we would like to congratulate all the nominees for their big recognition!

Are you pleased or unhappy with these nominations? Who are you rooting for to win? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Jordan Briskin

    Wait a minute, HUNCHBACK was nominated for a Razzie? Why would they do such a stupid thing?!

    • Chelsea Warner

      It was nominated for a special award “worst movie that made over $100 million”. I don’t get it either.

    • Yellow

      Some say that the movie was ahead of its time. It’s possible that they thought the darker content was too much, or maybe those gargoyles got to them.

    • dlizsehshus

      You do know the Razzies aren’t really taken seriously right?

    • Jeremiah


  • Chelsea Warner

    I’m surprised that The Emoji movie was nominated for a Razzie. It totally deserved it, but I remember Norm of the North being “snubbed”.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      Razzies tend to only focus on the popular, commercially-successful “bad” films.

  • Dan Siciliano

    Aside from “Coco”, “Breadwinner” and “Loving Vincent”, this is the most disappointing list that has ever happened in recent years. Even I was suprised and crestfallen that “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” got snubbed. “Ferdinand” was ok but I didn’t see/didn’t care about “Boss Baby”.

    • 2017 in general was a kinda weak year in animation.

      • Dan Siciliano

        Yeah, just like 2013.

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  • Sebastian

    I agree that Boss Baby does not deserve to be nominated. What it deserves is to be a simple little enjoyable film outside of accolades (with the exception that at least the animators and score for the film should be nominated at the Annie Awards. Those imagination sequences deserve some praise)

    I’m glad to see Ferdinand, Coco, The Breadwinner & Loving Vincent at least being nominated.

    • Boss Baby, whilst not a work of art that should be given an academy award, is pretty funny in my opinion even after a couple of views. My kids really love it too. It’s kinda strange to see what movies they like and which ones they don’t..

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  • Yellow

    If they can’t pick out five solid movies, why not just nominate fewer?

    • dlizsehshus

      So what were they suppose to nominate instead?

      • Yellow

        What I meant was, I’m surprised that a few of those movies (like Boss Baby and Ferdinand) were nominated. They only chose 9 movies for Best Picture, so I thought they’d nominate 4 for Best Animated Feature because the year was so lackluster for animated films.

        • dlizsehshus

          The reason they have nine for Best Picture is because the Oscars made that stupid rule where they have to have more than Five Nominees for Best Picture. Which is the dumbest thing to happen to the Oscars. They should just go back to five.

          The Animated category has always had five slots.

  • Jeremiah

    Being Pixar gets the Oscar by default, Coco will win. Which is a great choice, though The Breadwinner is somewhat better.

  • Certainly another missed opportunity of rightfully earned noms (cough cough LEGO BATMAN cough cough) but you know, as long as we cherish those great animated films I think those kinds of films will last longer than the ones that shouldn’t have been nominated

    • I noticed how they did not nominate that nor Captain
      Underpants. I’ve seen Lego Batman (it was ok) and
      not Captain Underpants, but that 1 got good reviews.

  • Coco will win the Oscar and I hope Emoji will win the

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’ll definitely root for Coco to win at the Oscars. I wanted to see Ferdinand but I will wait a while.

  • Jerrico

    Does anyone know of any “unofficial” awards for animation that do a better job? Maybe a round table discussion where they discuss and rate all the animated movies of that year? Could be a youtube channel or blog, etc.

  • sania