Oscars: 26 Features Submitted for Best Animated Film

12:14 PM 11/10/2017

by Gregg Kilday

The 90th Academy Awards is set for Sunday, March 4, 2018.

THE BOSS BABY - Still 3 -Publicity-H 2017
Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

Twenty-six features, from studio films like Pixar's upcoming Coco to indie offerings like the Afghanistan-set The Breadwinner, have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 90th Academy Awards. While the number of submissions falls one short of the record 27 features that were submitted last year, it sets the stage for five nominees in the category, since, according to Academy rules, if 16 or more films qualify, the Academy may nominate the maximum number of five.

This year, for the first time, the Academy is also opening up the nominating process to the entire membership of the organization, inviting anyone who is interested to join the animated feature nominating committee. The rule change, which will be watched closely, could impact the results if it favors widely seen studio CG-animated releases at the expense of smaller, often hand-drawn, animated films.

In addition to Coco, high-profile features include Illumination/Universal's Despicable Me 3, the top-grossing animated film of 2017, having collected $1.03 billion worldwide; DreamWorks/Fox's The Boss Baby; Pixar/Disney's Cars 3; Sony's The Emoji Movie; Warner Bros.' The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie; and Fox/Blue Sky's upcoming Ferdinand.

The list also includes such entries as GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon's The Breadwinner, which Angelina Jolie executive produced, and BreakThru Films/Good Deed's Loving Vincent, which uses animated oil paintings to tell the story of Vincent van Gogh.

In order to ultimately qualify, the submitted features must have a theatrical release in Los Angeles and comply with the category's other rules before they can advance in the voting process.

A full list of the submitted features, in alphabetical order, follows.

  • 'The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales'

  • 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children'

  • 'The Boss Baby'

  • 'The Breadwinner'

  • 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie'

  • 'Cars 3'

  • 'Cinderella the Cat'

  • 'Coco'

  • 'Despicable Me 3'

  • 'The Emoji Movie'

  • 'Ethel & Ernest'

  • 'Ferdinand'

  • 'The Girl Without Hands'

  • 'In This Corner of the World'

  • 'The Lego Batman Movie'

  • 'The Lego Ninjago Movie'

  • 'Loving Vincent'

  • 'Mary and the Witch’s Flower'

  • 'Moomins and the Winter Wonderland'

  • 'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea'

  • 'Napping Princess'

  • 'A Silent Voice'

  • 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'

  • 'The Star'

  • 'Sword Art Online: The Movie - Ordinal Scale'

  • 'Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming'