Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will be the animated feature to watch this awards season, as the movie was awarded Best Animated Feature by the New York Film Critics Circle today the results were announced live via Twitter.
Not only that, but it was the only genre movie to win anything from this year's NYFCC voting.
This is a pretty big upset, given the fact that 2018 saw the release of two long-awaited Pixar and Disney sequels, Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. In fact, earlier this week, the first major animation award of the season, coming from the National Board of Review, was given to Brad Bird's superhero follow-up.
However, Into the Spider-Verse, which hits theaters in just a few weeks, has received early stellar reviews from critics across the board, who wrote that the film (produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller) breathes new life into the Spidey franchise. It also helps to have an A-list voice cast of Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Nic Cage, John Mulaney, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld Liev Schreiber, Jake Johnson, and Lily Tomlin.
And yet, these disparate wins between Sony and Pixar/Disney show that we may be in for a very heated race among this year's animated contenders for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards in February. Aside from Spider-Verse, Incredibles 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Isle of Dogs, Smallfoot, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Early Man, The Grinch, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl, and more have been submitted for consideration. As a matter of fact, the full list comprises 25 titles.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wall-crawls into theaters Dec. 14.