The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the twenty-films have been submitted and provisionally qualify for nomination in the Best Animated Feature category of this year’s Academy Awards.
Eligible titles this year include such box office hits as The Incredibles 2 to critical darlings like Isle Of Dogs to limited release foreign fare such as Fireworks (Japan) and On Happiness Road (Taiwan).
According to Academy rules, if more than fifteen films are submitted and eligible, the Academy will nominate five for final Oscar voting. If less than fifteen films are eligible than there will only be three nominees in the category. The last time only three films were nominated in the category was in 2010.
As of now, not all films – such as Sony’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse which opens December 14 – have fulfilled their required Los Angeles public screening run.
Films submitted for the Best Animated Feature category are still eligible for nomination in other categories. However, critics have often charged that the existence Animated Feature category reduces the likelihood of animated films being nominated in the main Best Picture category. Since the Best Animated Feature category was instituted in 2001, only two films – Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) – have received Best Picture nominations. Both films would also be nominated in the Best Animated feature category, where they would win an Oscar.
Previously, 1991’s Beauty And The Beast was the only animated film to have ever been nominated in the Best Picture category.
Nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 22, 2019 with the Academy Awards being presented on February 24, 2019.
The complete list of films on the eligibility list is as follows –
- Ana Y Bruno
- Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
- Early Man
- 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
- Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms
- The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
- On Happiness Road
- Ralph Breaks The Internet
- Ruben Brandt, Collector
- Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
- Sherlock Gnomes
- Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
- Tall Tales
- Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
- Tito And The Birds