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L.A. Film Critics Pick ‘Your Name’ Best Animated Film, ‘Red Turtle’ As Runner-Up

A diverse year of animated features is leading to diverse selection of year-end awards.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association today named Makoto Shinkai’s smash-hit Your Name as the Best Animation of the year. The runner-up prize in the category was presented to Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a France/Japan/Belgium co-production.

The choices of the Los Angeles critics differs from both the N.Y. Film Critics Circle, who chose Zootopia for their year-end prize, and the National Board of Review, which picked Kubo and the Two Strings.

Your Name’s deserving win won’t likely have much influence on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which has awarded the Oscar to the Disney Company for eight out of the last nine years. Meanwhile, the Annie Awards has awarded their best animated film prize to either a Disney or Dreamworks production for nine out of the last ten years. (This year, four of the five best feature Annie nominees are produced by Disney or Dreamworks.)

Other recent animation winners of the L.A. Film Critics award include Anomalisa (2015), The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014), and Ernest & Celestine (2013).

Funimation has picked up the North American distribution rights to Your Name and will open it in the U.S. in early 2017. No details on dates or theaters have been announced yet.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Yay for Your Name! =D

    Losing the Oscar isn’t the worst outcome. What matters in this case is simply getting nominated. Your Name’s victory here bodes well for its chances at getting nominated for Best Animated Feature.

    • ea

      What’s worrying is that Funimation may not promote the film enough to have the academy notice it (although critics and other awards might do that).

      • Renard N. Bansale

        That’s true. I actually believe that it was Your Name’s LA premiere and Q&A literally the night before the LA Film Critics voted for their awards that influenced its victory. We should commend Fumination for that strategy move, but also advise them to be just as strategic, if not more, from here on out if they still desire at least the possibility of a nomination.

  • JodyMorgan

    Congratulations to Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, and all the artists who worked on Your Name.; I look forward to watching this movie sometime next year.

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has been giving an award for the best animated feature since 1989. Unsurprisingly, Disney and Pixar dominated the category last century, winning eight times in the first ten years of the award (although one year saw two films sharing the honor); since 1999, though, Disney has been shut out, while (Disney/)Pixar has won just thrice in 18 years (again, sharing the award one year). As for predicting the Oscars, the LAFCA honored eight of the first 11 Oscar-winning films, but their last four selections have had to be content with Oscar nominations. (I suspect, rightly or wrongly, Your Name. will extend that streak.)

  • ea

    At the very least it may get a nom, which is the best it can hope for at the Oscars since Pixney pretty much owns that award.

  • Elsi Pote

    This is the Oscar winner all the way; if they want to keep the wards credible of course.

    • Rayberay

      That’s implying they didn’t lose all credibility with Frozen and BH6’s wins.

      At the very least that’s the case with me.

      • v1cious

        Only you. As much I want Shinkai to win, I don’t know of one person who believes that.

      • Sara Bersani

        Me too