Nominations will be announced on January 13
After the announcement that Weathering with You would be submitted to the 92nd Academy Awards as Japan’s entry to the 'Best International Feature Film,' Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece, alongside three other anime films from the last year, will be submitted for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ award.
The four films up for the nominations are:
- Weathering with You (Makoto Shinkai at Comix Wave Films)
- Promare (Hiroyuki Imaishi at TRIGGER)
- Children of the Sea (Ayumu Watanabe at Studio 4°C)
- Okko’s Inn (Kitaro Kousaka a Madhouse and DLE)
Weathering with You will be the first time ever that an anime film has been submitted for two categories at the same Academy Awards. The film follows in the footsteps of Studio Ghibli titles, Pom Poko and Princess Mononoke, as the first non-Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for 'Best International Feature Film.' This will also be Makoto Shinkai’s second time his film been submitted to the awards, with Your Name. being submitted for 'Best Animated Feature' by Funimation Films in 2016. It was ultimately not nominated.
Only five films from the full list will be nominated for 'Best Animated Feature.' The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Disney’s The Lion King remake would not be submitted for the award, but this year's Toy Story 4 and Frozen II would be. Other films on the list include The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Angry Birds Movie 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and the popular Chinese animated film Ne Zha.
You can read the full list of submitted films over on The Hollywood Reporter. Out of all the films on the list, which animated film would you chose to win the award? Let us know in the comments!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photo of his travels on Instagram.