Awards season is in full swing already. The Golden Globes have already passed, and the Academy will be handing out those little statues in early March. There's already been some buzz about the Oscars this year, but as usual it's covered in controversy. Concern has arisen over recent rule changes surrounding the nomination of animated films. In the past, the Academy had a specific branch dedicated to selecting animated films for nomination, and then the entire Academy's membership voted on the winner. Now however, the entire Academy will be eligible to nominate the Best Animated Feature film, in the same way that the Best Picture is nominated.
There had been concerns that this would exclude indie animated features from consideration. The idea of having a specific branch nominate in each category is that it allows experts to select the best work for consideration. That is, it allows people who understand the technical aspects behind the animation processes to choose what should be presented for judgement. Opening nominations up to the entire Academy is risky, especially given allegations that voters merely select winners based on what their kids liked. Now that the actual nominees have been selected though, those features have been allayed... mostly.
The big frontrunner of course is Pixar's Coco, which is a given. We also saw some smaller productions make it too, which is a good sign! We've got Loving Vincent, and The Breadwinner. The inclusion of these smaller titles has bolstered many hopes in the Academy's fairness and scope. However, eyebrows have already been raised at the other two nominations: The Boss Baby and Ferdinand. The Internet has exploded especially over the former, which came as a surprise given the critical and audience feedback.
Ultimately though, it seems to be par for the course. We've got the Disney/Pixar nomination, we have our indie titles, and we have some popular films up for the running. The shift in rules seems to have had little effect, at least this year. And perhaps, now that everyone has the responsibility to nominate animated films, more members of the Academy will give them a fair shake?
Well, in any case we have the Annie Awards on February 3.
The 2017 Award Season is almost over, but before it comes to a close, The Academy must present its Oscars on Feb. 26! This years Best Animated Feature Nominations includes a list of innovative and creative features that included an impressive A list voice over cast. Read more to learn more about this years nominees and to hear about Eric Miller's experience at The Academy's Animated Feature event on Feb. 24th.
Kubo & The Two Strings
Kubo & The Two Strings, directed and co produced by Travis Knight, is a story about Kubo, a boy with magical powers who goes on a journey to fight off an army of evil spirits with his friends, Monkey and Beetle. The film's voiceover actors include Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, and Matthew McConaughey. Kubo & The Two Strings is Laika's 4th feature film.
Moana is Disney's 56th feature film. Considered one of the front runners for the award, this film brought in almost $600 million dollars in the box office. The story follows Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian chief who is chosen to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. The film also gained popularity for its catchy music which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i, and Mark Mancina.
My Life as a Zucchini
My Life as a Zucchini (titled Ma vie de Courgette in France) is a french animated film, directed by Claude Barras. The film is an adaptation of the french novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette, which tells the story of a police officer and his friends who help an orpahan adjust to foster life.
The Red Turtle
The Red Turtle, produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, is a story about a stranded shipwrecked man who meets a red turtle. The film contains no dialogue and has been praised for its gorgeous animation and simple approach.
Zootopia, also considered a front runner for the Oscar race, was also produced by Disney. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more. The film follows a rabbit police officer and a fox con artist who work together to uncover a disappearance. The film's A list voice over cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Eba, Jenny Slate, JK Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and many more. The film received critical acclaim from both critics and audiences.
THE ACADEMY'S ANIMATED FEATURE EVENT
Eric attended the Animated Feature event on Thursday night, where he was able to speak and learn from this year's Oscar nominated directors and producers! Check out his photos from the event below.
Will you be watching the Oscar's on Sunday night? Which Animated film do you hope wins?