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91st Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2018 (for the 2019 Ceremony) - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 

APRIL FOOLISH PREDICTIONS

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?

Isle of Dogs
Fox Searchlight
March 23rd

If there's one lock already this year, it would have to be Wes Anderson's clever stop motion hit. It could even compete for the win.

Incredibles 2
Pixar
June 15th

The animation branch isn't entirely predictable with sequels but unless this disappoints, it's in.

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.

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.

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

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?

Mirai
GKids
Release TBA

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

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.

Big Fish & Begonia
Funimation
Apr 6th

Is it even eligible given how long it's waited for release? It's well liked.

Lu Over the Wall
GKids
Release TBA

The director Masaaki Yuasa has two pictures this year. This mermaid picture and Night is Short, Walk on Girl

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

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), Night is Short, Walk on Girl (GKids),Maquia (Eleven Arts Anime Studio)