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Twenty-five films have been submitted for consideration in the best animated feature Oscar category ahead of the 91st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. Some of the films still need to complete their required Los Angeles qualifying run, but assuming at least 16 of them do so, then, per Academy rules, this means the category will ultimately have five nominees, as opposed to a smaller number.
The submitted features include high-profile studio releases like Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Universal/Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Paramount’s Sherlock Gnomes, Warner Bros.’ Smallfoot and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Lionsgate/Aardman’s Early Man and Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and forthcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
There are also art house sensations like Fox Searchlight’s Isle of Dogs, written and directed by Wes Anderson, and Sony Classics’ Ruben Brandt, Collector. Meanwhile, indie GKIDS, often a force to be reckoned with in this category, has Lu Over the Wall, MFKZ, Mirai and The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl.
Also in the mix: Ana y Bruno, Fireworks, Have a Nice Day, The Laws of the Universe – Part I, Liz and the Blue Bird, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, On Happiness Road, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Tall Tales and Tito and the Birds.
Interestingly, Netflix did not qualify two of its animated films, Next Gen or White Fang.
Nominations in all Oscar categories will be announced on Jan. 22, 2019, and the 91st Oscars will be held on Feb. 24, 2019.
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