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OCTOBER 16TH PREDICTIONS

ANIMATED FEATURE

Tier 1 - Prediction

Pickings appear slim this year but once the full scope of the international options are available to us, the animated year might considerably improve. We almost always have over 16 eligible films which means we will see 5 nominees again. But which?

Incredibles 2

Pixar
June 15th


 The animation branch isn't entirely predictable with sequels but this one will surely be nominated given their love for the original and what a huge blockbuster it was.

Isle of Dogs
Fox Searchlight
March 23rd


Wes Anderson's clever stop motion hit is locked up given a smaller slate of high profile films this year and it sure stands out from the crowd.

Ralph Breaks the Internet
Disney
Nov 21st

How close did the original come to winning its category (2012 was quite a competitive year)? If it was close, the goodwill could make this a safe bet.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Animation
Dec 21st

Will superheroes begin to take over every Oscar category? It looks visually exciting.

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Sony Pictures Classic
Qualifying Run (then presumably 2019)

An animated noir from Hungary (in English) about a psychotherapist turned art thief. 

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

Mirai

GKids
Release TBA

From the director of The Boy and the Beast - one of many Japanese films that will probably be eligible this year.

Early Man

Aardman / Lionsgate
Jan 26th

While response hasn't been what we'd call enthusiastic, the animation branch loves Aardman films. So don't count it out just yet. Especially if it's a weak year coming for cartoons.

Smallfoot
Warner Animation
Sept 28th

The question is can it exceed expectations given its one-joke premise, however cute that joke does seem in the teaser.

The Grinch 
Universal / Illumination
Nov 9th

How many versions of this tale will audiences be enthused about? And is there really any topping the 2D toon version?

Lu Over the Wall
GKids
Release TBA

The director Masaaki Yuasa has two pictures this year. The other is "The Night is Short, Walk on Girl"

 
Tier 3 - Other Possible Titles (which may or may not arrive or prove eligible)

Ruben Brandt, Collector  (Hungary), Hoffmaniada (from Russia if its ever finished), Animal Crackers (If it's still actually coming... this feels like it's been around for years), Anubis (Blue Sky/Fox), Catman (from China / South Korea), Duck Duck Goose (Open Road), Here Comes the Grump (Mexico/UK coproduction), The Stolen Princess (from the Ukraine), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Sony), Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount), Sgt Stubby: An American Hero (Fun Academy), Fireworks (GKids), Tehran Taboo (... though animators often aren't keen on rotoscoping), Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Warner Animation), Maquia (Eleven Arts Anime Studio), Night is Short, Walk on Girl (GKids)

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

We won't know what's eligible for some time but here are some films which have made a mark already. Title links go to reviews

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS RBG WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? MCQUEEN YOURS IN SISTERHOOD
 
DARK MONEY THE CHINA HUSTLE FREE SOLO MOUNTAIN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE
 

SUSANNE BARTSCH ON TOP

BISBEE 17 LOVE CECIL GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI LEANING INTO THE WIND