We just learned from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which anime are qualified to be nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. All of these anime movies had to have played in a major U.S. metropolitan area sometime this year.
So which films fit those categories? There are three: INU-OH (from Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU), Drifting Home (from Hiroyasu Ishida and Studio Colorido) and Goodbye, Don Glees! (from Atsuko Ishizuka and Madhouse).
There are twenty-seven movies in all that are eligible for nomination: Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood; The Bad Guys; The Bob’s Burgers Movie; Charlotte; DC League of Super-Pets; Drifting Home; Eternal Spring; Goodbye, Don Glees!; Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio; INU-OH; Lamya’s Poem; Lightyear; Little Nicholas: Happy as Can Be; Luck; Mad God; Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; Minions: The Rise of Gru; My Father’s Dragon; New Gods: Yang Jian; Oink; Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank; Puss in Boots: The Last Wish; Run, Tiger Run!; The Sea Beast; Strange World; Turning Red; and Wendell & Wild.
These will need to be narrowed down to five nominees, and we’ll know which movies get chosen on January 24. The Oscars ceremony is scheduled for March 12.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away famously won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003, making history. However, the Oscars have generally not been very interested in anime, and most years go by without any anime being nominated in the category. Last year, for example, there were six anime movies that qualified for nominations, but none got so far as to receive nominations. Instead, Disney movies usually end up winning.
Do you think any anime movies will end up being nominated for this year’s Academy Awards? If you do, which one or ones do you think are most likely?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.