According to Entertainment Weekly, for the first time since the Academy Awards introduced an Animated Feature category in 2001, five anime films are being considered as nominees for the award.
Namely, Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice, Kenji Kamiyama’s Ancien and the Magic Tablet, (also known as the Napping Princess), Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale and Katabuchi Suano’s In This Corner of the World.
Other animated films that are being submitted include, The Boss Baby, Disney’s Coco, Smurfs: The Lost Village; The Lego Batman Movie, The Emoji Movie, as well as a couple of interesting foreign films such as The Breadwinner and Ethel & Ernest.
Disney’s and Pixar’s films have often taken the award each year, with the only anime film nominated in the final category coming from Studio Ghibli. This year marks the first time a Ghibli film was not submitted, and looking at the list of animated films, it’s likely at least one of the above anime films will be featured.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is the only Japanese animated film to be awarded Best Animated Feature back in 2002, with last year’s awarded to Zootopia. To the surprise of many, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name wasn’t a nominee in last year’s category, nor here.
Ancien and the Magic Tablet and In This Corner of the World are both screening during the Japanese Film Festival later this month. According to Madman, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is expected to release in theatres early next year after premiering at Melbourne’s Madman Anime Festival.
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