The 2017 Oscar animation nominees

Oscar statues
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This year’s Academy Award nominees have been announced. The Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. The awards will air on ABC.

The major animation related nominees are below. A full list of nominees is available here.

Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Short Film (Animated)

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Pearl
  • Borrowed Time
  • Piper
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Original Song

  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Trolls)
  • “How Far I’ll Go” (Moana)
  • “City of Stars” (La La Land)
  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (La La Land)
  • “The Empty Chair” (Jim: The James Foley Story)

Visual Effects

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Jungle Book

Comments

The good news is that unlike last year, this year’s Oscar nominees are a more diverse group of films. Some of the films up for “Best Picture” include “Moonlight,” “Fences,” and “Hidden Figures.” The bad news (in terms of competition) is the hype so far seems to favor “La La Land,” a musical centered around Hollywood/southern California’s favorite subject, itself.

That said, the reaction on Twitter this year seems cautiously optimistic. Of course, my Twitter feed’s had its hopes about a lot of things dashed over the past several months (the election, the Super Bowl, etc.).

On the animation side of things, I’m assuming “Zootopia” is the likely animated feature winner this year. I haven’t seen the others, but they’ve all received much praise in reviews.

Which of the nominees have you seen?

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