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32 Animated Features In Contention For The 2019 Oscar Race, GKIDS Enters 10 Films

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) announced today that 32 animated features have been submitted for the 2019 Oscar race.  The 32 films will be vying for five spots in the coveted Best Animated Feature category.

Box office hits such as Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” Laika’s “Missing Link,” and Universal Pictures’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” made the cut along with Netflix’s “I Lost My Body” and GKIDS’ “Funan.”

Upcoming releases like Walt Disney Pictures’ “Frozen II” and 20th Century Fox’s “Spies in Disguise” have also been submitted for consideration.

This may be the largest pool of candidates ever submitted for Oscar consideration, and as expected, there are many that viewers haven’t heard of yet, with film critics and pundits even needing to do their research and homework.

Read parts of the press release from the Academy down below, and make sure to check out The Circuit Hub’s predictions for Best Animated Feature for the latest prediction updates.  All 32 films will be listed on Monday, Oct. 21’s prediction update.


  • “Abominable” (Universal Pictures)
  • “The Addams Family” (United Artists Releasing)
  • “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (Sony Pictures Animation)
  • “Another Day of Life” (GKIDS)
  • “Away” (Subliminal Films)
  • “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles” (GKIDS)
  • “Children of the Sea” (GKIDS)
  • “Dilili in Paris” (Samuel Goldwyn Mayer)
  • “Frozen II” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • “Funan” (GKIDS)
  • “Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of Savagery” (MGM Worldwide)
  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Universal Pictures)
  • “I Lost My Body” (Netflix)
  • “Klaus” (Netflix)
  • “The Last Fiction” (Hoorakhsh Studios)
  • “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (Warner Bros.)
  • “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (GKIDS)
  • “Missing Link” (Laika)
  • “Ne Zha” (Well Go USA Entertainment)
  • “Okko’s Inn” (GKIDS)
  • “Pachamama” (SC Films International)
  • “Promare” (GKIDS)
  • “Rezo” (Mirsand)
  • “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Spies in Disguise” (20th Century Fox)
  • “The Swallows of Kabul” (No U.S. Distribution Yet)
  • “This Magnificent Cake!” (GKIDS)
  • “The Tower” (No U.S. Distribution Yet)
  • “Toy Story 4” (Pixar)
  • “Upin & Ipin: The Lone Gibbon Kris” (No U.S. Distribution Yet)
  • “Weathering with You” (GKIDS)
  • “White Snake” (GKIDS)

    funan gkidsSeveral of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles seven-day qualifying run.  Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the nominations voting process.  To determine the five nominees, members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are automatically eligible to vote in the category.  Academy members outside of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are invited to opt-in to participate and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

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

    Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

    The 92nd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.


Which films do you predict to make the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE cut? Which films are you looking forward to seeing? Share in the comments.


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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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