This year’s Oscar frontrunner, “Incredibles 2,” leads the roster of contenders at the 46th annual Annie Awards with 11 nominations. The four other films that we are predicting to reap Oscar bids for Best Animated Feature are also well-represented at these precursor prizes, which will be presented on Feb. 2, 10 days before the start of final voting for the Academy Awards.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to the 2013 Annie winner “Wreck-It-Ralph,” is second with 10 bids. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which just won over the New York Film Critics Circle, has a lucky seven nominations. Wes Anderson‘s critically acclaimed “Isle of Dogs” reaped four while the Japanese import “Mirai” by acclaimed animator Mamoru Hosoda is up for two.
The first four of these films contend for Best Studio Animated Feature as does Aardman Animations “Early Man,” which has seven bids in all. “Mirai” is up for Best Independent Animated Feature as are “Ce Magnifique Gateau!,” “MFKZ,” “Ruben Brandt, Collector” and “Tito and the Birds.”
“The Incredibles” swept the Annie Awards in 2005, winning Best Animated Feature as well as all nine of the other races in which it contended. Among these were three for Brad Bird (Directing, Writing and Voice Acting). The film also took home Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Music, Production Design and Storyboarding. This Pixar pic went on to win at the Academy Awards.
In 2011, “How to Train Your Dragon” won over the Annies while the academy embraced “Toy Story 3; in 2013, the Annies went with “Wreck-It-Ralph” while the Oscars adored “Brave”; and in 2015, the Annies named “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as Best Animated Feature, but the Oscar winner was “Big Hero 6.”
But be warned: the Annie Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, don’t always agree with the motion picture academy. Six of the last nine Annie champs have lined up with the Oscars: “Up” (2010), “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016), “Zootopia” (2017) and “Coco” (2018).
The Annie Awards also honor achievements in television. Best Animated TV Production (General Audience) is roughly equivalent to the Emmy for Best Animated Program, and this year the Annies recognized five shows: “Big Mouth,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Bojack Horseman,” Human Kind Of” and “The Venture Bros.”
Make your Oscar predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until nominations are announced on January 22. And join in the debate taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forum.