After the announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle award-winners last week, competition is really starting to heat up among this year's Oscar hopefuls, especially the animated ones.
Today, the nominees for the 46th annual Annie Awards were announced with Disney and Pixar leading with the most nods for Best Animated Feature, thanks to Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. The other three nominees for the distinguished honor include: Aardman's Early Man, Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, and Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
As the Annies are one of the highest honors bestowed in the world of animation, we can use the aforementioned movies as a helpful barometer of what to expect at the Academy Awards.
Even though Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Grinch, Smallfoot, and more were also submitted for the Best Animated Oscar, there are only a finite number of slots for the potential winners, with Disney or Pixar always nabbing one or two. As for Early Man and Isle of Dogs, both are technical achievements in stop motion, whilst Into to the Spider-Verse contains a very unique comic book aesthetic not really seen before in a big Hollywood movie.
That said, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Grinch, and Smallfoot did still place in other (minor) Annie categories like Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production, Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, and Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production.
Mary Poppins Returns was nominated for five Annie Awards, including Best Animated Special Production and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live-Action Production. It's in the running against Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, Paddington 2, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
A few other notable contenders are BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, SpongeBob SquarePants, Tales of Arcadia: 3Below, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The full list of Annie nominees can be found here. The 46th Annie Awards ceremony will be held on February 2, 2019 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.