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Oscars: Animated Feature – ‘Spider-Verse’ Vs. Hayao Miyazaki?

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2023 Oscars Predictions:
Best Animated Feature

The Boy and the Heron
The Boy and the Heron

Weekly Commentary (Updated Feb. 22, 2024): More to come.

Read: Variety’s Awards Circuit for the latest Oscars predictions in all categories.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10.


And the Nominees Are:


  1. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony Pictures)
    Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal

  2. The Boy and the Heron” (GKids/Toho)
    Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

  3. Robot Dreams” (Neon)
    Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz

  4. Elemental” (Pixar)
    Peter Sohn and Denise Ream

  5. Nimona” (Netflix)
    Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary


All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized) **


  • “The Amazing Maurice”

  • “Blue Giant”

  • “The Boy and the Heron”

  • “Chang’an”

  • “Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget”

  • “Deep Sea”

  • “Elemental”

  • “Ernest & Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia”

  • “The First Slam Dunk”

  • “The Inventor”

  • “Leo”

  • “Lonely Castle in the Mirror”

  • “The Magician’s Elephant”

  • “Migration”

  • “Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie”

  • “The Monkey King”

  • “My Love Affair with Marriage”

  • “Nimona”

  • “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie”

  • “The Peasants”

  • “Perlimps”

  • “Robot Dreams”

  • “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken”

  • “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

  • “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

  • “Suzume”

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”

  • “They Shot the Piano Player”

  • “Titina”

  • “Trolls Band Together”

  • “Unicorn Wars”

  • “Warrior King”

  • “Wish”

** Denotes the potential for the film’s release date is not yet confirmed and could change.

2022 category winner: “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (Netflix) — Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar, Alex Bulkley

Oscars Predictions Categories

BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | BEST ACTOR | BEST ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT

About the Academy Awards

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