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Animated films eligible to win an Oscar include ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul’

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 27 animated films are eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.

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Image courtesy of Disney/Pixar

The list includes Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” and “Soul” (both streaming now on Disney+), as well as DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls World Tour” (streaming on Hulu and Peacock) and “The Croods: A New Age” (available on Amazon Prime and scheduled to be released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Feb. 23, 2021). Also on the list are Warner Animation Group’s “Scoob!” (available on HBO Max) and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” which will premiere on Paramount+ on March 4, 2021.

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Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

Voting by members of the Academy will determine the five nominees for Best Animated Feature Film. The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members are automatically eligible to vote in the category; members outside the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are allowed to vote in the category, but only after meeting a minimum viewing requirement. Also, some of the list’s films have not yet had their required qualifying release, so they must fulfill that requirement (and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules) before they can advance in the voting process.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category can also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

Following are the 27 eligible animated films:

  • “Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus”
  • “Bombay Rose”
  • “Calamity”
  • “The Croods: A New Age”
  • “Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train”
  • “Dreambuilders”
  • “Earwig and the Witch”
  • “Kill It and Leave This Town”
  • “Lupin III: The First”
  • “Mosley”
  • “My Favorite War”
  • “Nos Ili Zagovor Ne Takikh”
  • “No.7 Cherry Lane”
  • “On-Gaku: Our Sound”
  • “Onward”
  • “Over the Moon”
  • “Red Shoes and the Severn Dwarfs”
  • “Ride Your Wave”
  • “Scoob!”
  • “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”
  • “Soul”
  • “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”
  • “Terra Willy”
  • “Trolls World Tour”
  • “A Whisker Away”
  • “The Willoughbys”
  • “Wolfwalkers”

Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on March 15, 2021. The Oscars will be held on April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC. Click here for more information.

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