With the 91st Academy Awards on the way, 25 animated films have already been submitted for the Best Animated Feature Oscar in advance, as announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Among the entries for the award are two films many may not have expected to see in an Academy Awards show: The recent Warner Bros. animated film Teen Titans Go! to The Movies and Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the latter of which hasn't been released yet.
As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the two superhero films will join the likes of Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs and The Grinch as contenders for qualification in the category.
This also marks the first time an animated entry based on a property from Marvel has been submitted to the Oscars, as only the live-action films have been entered in the past. In addition, DC animated films are no stranger to the awards, as The LEGO Batman Movie was entered previously, but wasn't nominated.
Given the prominence of superhero films these days, it makes sense that Warner Bros. and Sony would submit these films, especially given the positive reception Teen Titans Go! to The Movies generated, and how hotly anticipated Into the Spider-Verse has become.
Chances are slim that both will be finalists for nomination, and even slimmer that one of them may win, but their entries show animated films based on DC and Marvel characters could also be considered for such prominent awards like the Oscars.
Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, Kimiko Glenn, John Mulaney and Liev Schreiber. It is scheduled to open on Dec. 14.