The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards. Here are the animation-related nominations.
Best Animated Feature Film
- Kubo and the Two Strings, Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner (LAIKA)
- Moana, John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
- My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras and Max Karli (Gebeka Films)
- The Red Turtle, Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki (Wild Bunch/Studio Ghibli)
- Zootopia, Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Best Animated Short Film
- Blind Vashya, Theodore Ushev (National Film Board of Canada)
- Borrowed Time, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
- Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Robert Valley and Cara Speller (Quorum Films LLC)
- Pearl, Patrick Osborne (Google Spotlight Stories)
- Piper, Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer (Pixar Animation Studios)
Some other notable Academy Award nominations related to animation include Life, Animated by Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman in the Best Documentary Feature category, Kubo and the Two Strings in the Best Visual Effects category, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls in the Best Original Song category.
Pixar’s Finding Dory was snubbed again as it was at the Golden Globe Awards; thankfully, Pixar’s charming short Piper received a nod from the Academy.
So, who’s going to win? For Best Animated Feature, my money is on Zootopia. For Animated Short, I still need to watch all of them, but I think Patrick Osborne’s innovative and beautiful Pearl is a favorite. I’m also hoping that since La La Land has two songs nominated, they will cancel each other out and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wonderful “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana will take home the Oscar. I also think Kubo and the Two Strings is a strong contender in the Best Visual Effects category.