Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE (91st)

INCREDIBLES 2 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Producers: Nicole Paradis Grindle, John Walker
Cast: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Isabella Rossellini, John Ratzenberger, Brad Bird, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Plot (IMDb): Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Best Animated Feature, National Board of Review
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Animated, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Win, Best Animated Film, Philadelphia Film Critics Circle
Runner-up, Best Animation, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Nomination, Best Animated Feature, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Runner-up, Best Animated Feature, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Nomination, Best Animated Film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

Other Oscar Nomination: None

ISLE OF DOGS (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Kunichi Nomura, Jason Schwartzman
Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Greta Gerwig, Tracy Walker, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney B. Vance, Kunichi Nomura, Tilda Swinton

Plot (IMDb): Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog.

Pre-Oscars Citations:
Nomination, Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival
Win, Best Animated Film, Atlanta Film Critics Circle
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Animated, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Win, Best Animated Feature, Toronto Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Film, San Diego Film Critics Society
Win, Best Animated Feature, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association
Nomination, Best Animated Feature, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Runner-up, Best Animated Feature, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Film, Boston Society of Film Critics
Win, Best Animated Fim, Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Runner-up, Best Animated Film, Indiana Film Journalists Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Nevada Film Critics Society
Nomination, Best Animated Film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

Other Oscar Nomination (2 total):
Music (Original Score)

MIRAI (GKids)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Writer: Mamoru Hosoda
Producers: Yuichi Adachi, Takuya Itô, Genki Kawamura, Yuichiro Sato
Cast: Haru Kuroki, Moka Kamishiraishi, Gen Hoshino

Plot (IMDb): A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Animated, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Nomination, Best Animated Feature, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Win, Best Animated Feature, Florida Film Critics Circle

Other Oscar Nomination: None

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (21 November, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Directors: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Writers: Phil Johnston, Pamela Ribon
Producer: Clark Spencer
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson, Mandy Moore, Auli'l Cravalho, Kelly Macdonald, Allan Tudyk, Ming-Na Wen, Idina Menzel, Ed O'Neill, Jane Lynch, Anika Noni Rose, Jodi Benson

Plot (IMDb): Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Nomination, Best Motion Picture-Animated, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Runner-up, Best Animated Feature, Toronto Film Critics Association
Nomination, Best Animated Feature, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)

Other Oscar Nomination: None

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing)
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Writers: Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman, based on characters created by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Sara Pichelli, various others
Producer: Christina Steinberg 
Cast: Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry

Plot (IMDb): Spider-Man crosses parallel dimensions and teams up with the Spider-Men of those dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

Pre-Oscar Citations:
Win, Best Animated Film, New York Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Feature, Detroit Film Critics Society
Win, Best Motion Picture-Animated, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
Win, Best Animated Film, Chicago Film Critics Association
Runner-up, Best Animated Feature, Toronto Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Feature, New York Film Critics Online
Runner-up, Best Animated Film, San Diego Film Critics Society
Win, Best Animation, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)
Win, Best Animated Feature, Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Film, Indiana Film Journalists Association
Win, Best Picture, Utah Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Utah Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Seattle Film Critics Society
Win, Best Animated Feature, North Carolina Film Critics Association
Win, Best Animated Feature, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Feature, Phoenix Critics Circle
Win, Best Animated Feature, St. Louis Film Critics Association
Nomination, Best Animated Film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

Other Oscar Nomination: None

PREDICTION SCORES:
"Never Too Early Predictions" (March 2018) - 3/5 (Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet)
August Predictions - 4/5 (Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
September Predictions - 4/5 (Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
October Predictions - 4/5 (Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
November Predictions - 4/5 (Isle of Dogs, Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
December Predictions - 5/5
Final Predictions (January 2019) - 5/5

WILL WIN: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
SHOULD WIN: Isle of Dogs
MIGHT UPSET: Incredibles 2

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