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'
'The Boss Baby'
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'

    Courtesy of Folivari!/Panique!/StudioCanal/RTBF (Television Belge)-OUFtivi/VOO/Be TV

  • 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children'

    Courtesy of GKIDS
  • 'The Boss Baby'

    Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
  • 'The Breadwinner'

    Courtesy of GKIDS
  • 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie'

    Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
  • 'Cars 3'

    Courtesy of Disney/Pixar
  • 'Cinderella the Cat'

    Courtesy of Venice Film Festival
  • 'Coco'

  • 'Despicable Me 3'

    Courtesy of Universal Studios
  • 'The Emoji Movie'

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures
  • 'Ethel & Ernest'

    Courtesy of Annecy Film Festival
  • 'Ferdinand'

  • 'The Girl Without Hands'

    Courtesy of GKIDS
  • 'In This Corner of the World'

    Courtesy of Annecy Film Festival

  • 'The Lego Batman Movie'

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.
  • 'The Lego Ninjago Movie'

  • 'Loving Vincent'

    Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival
  • 'Mary and the Witch’s Flower'

    Courtesy of GKIDS

  • 'Moomins and the Winter Wonderland'

    Courtesy of Genesis Group
  • 'My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea'

  • 'Napping Princess'

    Courtesy of GKIDS
  • 'A Silent Voice'

    Courtesy of Annecy Film Festival
  • 'Smurfs: The Lost Village'

  • 'The Star'

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

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

    Courtesy of TIFF