The race for the Oscars is on! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially announced the animated films qualified to compete and this time the movies range from animation powerhouse studios like Sony and Disney to Indie low budget filmmakers and anime. Here are the nominees:
1. Incredibles 2
The much awaited sequel to The Incredibles, which won the 2014 Oscar for the Best Animated Feature Film is one of the contestants for this year’s Oscar. Though it did well at the box office, some critics claim that this sequel lacks the heart and charm that its predecessor has.
2.Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson, the master of low budget movies directed, produced and wrote the story for Isle of Dogs, his stop-motion follow-up to Oscar-nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox. This movie is definitely a forerunner for the Best Animated Feature Film.
The movie has a stunning star cast with like Bryan Cranston, Scarlet johanson and Bill Murray for the voice over of characters.
Competing among the American films is the Anime, Mirai, by Mamoru Hosuda, which has now become the first non-Ghibli anime film to receive an Academy Award nomination. An interesting fact is that Mamoru Hosuda previously worked at Ghibli Studios, but left because his projects didn’t do well at the cinemas. Also, necessary to mention that another anime – ‘The night is short, walk on girl’ was a choice for the top five slot.
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet
Disney’s awesome sequel to Wreck it Ralph showed us how the Internet works with a trivial amount of Easter Eggs and a lot of potential for spinoffs. While the other side say it was yet another soulless cash grab. So if it wins, maybe people would consider it as an Oscar snub. It’s not a sure bet, but the Oscars buzz is building.
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Undoubtedly the best portrayal of Spider-Man till date! Sony Pictures Animation was able to recover themselves from the shipwreck Emoji movie. Breaking the rules of conventional animation this time, Sony has already earned all of the awards acclaim including the Golden Globe and Producers Guild prizes.
The 2019 Oscar ceremony is set to take place in Los Angeles on 24 February.
Will Spider-man be able to swing past all the other nominees? Or maybe Anderson’s symmetric shots conquer the first place? Not to forget, Disney has already won the Oscars seven times before, will this heavy studio get defeated by an Indie Anime?
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