Nominations Announced for 90th Academy Awards

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards this morning.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 4th in Hollywood. Below is a select list of category nominees with direct animation and visual effects ties; for more information, see oscars.org.

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby (Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito)
The Breadwinner (Angelina Jolie, Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, Nora Twomey)
Coco (Darla K. Anderson, Lee Unkrich)
Ferdinand (Bruce Anderson, Lori Forte, Carlos Saldanha)
Loving Vincent (Sean Bobbitt, Dorota Kobiela, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman)

Best Animated Short

Dear Basketball (Kobe Bryant, Glen Keane)
Garden Party (Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro)
Lou (Dave Mullins, Dana Murray)
Negative Space (Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata)
Revolting Rhymes (Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh)

Best Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049 (Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson)
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams)
Kong: Skull Island (Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Chris Corbould, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlon)
War for the Planet of the Apes (Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Joel Whist)

Best Original Song

“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
“The Mystery of Love” (Call Me By Your Name)
“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)
“This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)
“Remember Me” (Coco)
Written by Bobby Lopez & Kristen Anderson Lopez
Performed by Miguel & Natalia Lafourcade
Watch it here

It’s interesting to note that despite this year’s new rule for the best feature animation category, which allowed anyone in the Academy who was willing to join a nominating committee to vote (and decided via preferential ballot now, like the best picture category), smaller, indie pics like GKIDS’ The Breadwinner and Good Deed Ent.’s Loving Vincent managed to get two of the five spots. Another surprise was Fox/Blue Sky’s Ferdinand, which wasn’t a shoo-in like Coco and The Boss Baby. Among the other big studio pics that were left out of the picture were Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Batman Movie and DreamWorks Captain Underpants. On the VFX front, the big surprise was the shutting out of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is a frontrunner in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, and managed to lead the pack with 13 nominations.

Nominations Announced for 90th Academy Awards

Nominations Announced for 90th Academy Awards