Who should win the Oscars for best animated feature and animated short? Who will win?
There are no easy answers when the nominated films are as strong and worthwhile as this year’s field. To try and make some sense of these categories, which are often not considered with the care and thought they deserve, we’ve brought together a panel of animation critics to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees. Our conversation ran for 50 minutes and, in many ways, it feels like we barely scratched the surface of this commendable group of films.
The roundtable is comprised of Cartoon Brew podcast producer and INBTWN Animation host Cole Delaney, film writers and critics Courtney Howard and Carlos Aguilar, and Cartoon Brew’s editor-in-chief Amid Amidi.
Watch the discussion below:
As a reminder, the nominees in the feature category are:
- Encanto – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, Clark Spencer
- Flee – Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte de La Gournerie
- Luca – Enrico Casarosa, Andrea Warren
- The Mitchells vs The Machines – Michael Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kurt Albrecht
- Raya and the Last Dragon – Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer, Peter Del Vecho
And nominees in the short category:
- Affairs of the Art -Joanna Quinn, Les Mills (U.K./Canada)
- Bestia – Hugo Covarrubias, Tevo Díaz (Chile)
- Boxballet – Anton Dyakov (Russia)
- Robin Robin – Dan Ojari, Mikey Please (UK)
- Windshield Wiper – Albert Mielgo, Leo Sanchez (U.S./Spain)
Academy members are currently casting their votes for this year’s winners. Final voting ends 5pm PT this Tuesday. The 94th Oscars will be presented on Sunday, March 27, in Hollywood.