It’s a good time to be a superhero, animated or not. Even those not made from flesh and blood are seeing the benefits of their superpowers as the film industry enters awards season. Well, the benefits of superpowers and the benefits of a comparatively tiny list of competing films for the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Feature Film title.
The Oscar-giving awards body released its list of films that submitted for the honor, listing out 25 movies that have a 1 in 5 shot of making the nominee list and of the 25, superheroes starred in three: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Incredibles 2, and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. So few animated features come out in a year that the list seems even more saturated by the genre than live-action, which puts out far more spandex-clad heroes, because Disney and Pixar dominate so heavily.
Of the other entries, The Grinch starred in one film on the list and another Broke the Internet, while the stop-motion Isle of Dogs and more traditionally CGI Sherlock Gnomes, Smallfoot, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation round out the big-name American films.
Some of these films are still forthcoming while others (namely the Incredibles sequel) have already dominated the box office. Those that complete their awards-qualifying theatrical runs have a solid chance at being one of the five nominated for the award, which will announce its finalists on Jan. 22.
Here is the total list of entries in alphabetical order:
Ana y Bruno
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
Have a Nice Day
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Isle of Dogs
The Laws of the Universe – Part I
Liz and the Blue Bird
Lu over the Wall
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
On Happiness Road
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Tito and the Birds
The 91st Oscars will take place on Feb. 24 on ABC.