Japan is making a huge push for the Oscars this year. And honestly, I’m ecstatic. Since Hollywood is hellbent on making live-action versions of every anime ever, it’s about time anime starts receiving some real, mainstream respect.
Five anime titles have been submitted to the “Animated Feature Film” category this year, and we’ve got some heavy swingers. Our 5 titles are:
- In This Corner of the World
- Mary and The Witch’s Flower
- Napping Princess
- A Silent Voice
- Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale
…I have seen one of these films. That bothers me immensely. Truthfully, I’d rather eat sawdust than watch SAO, but I’m still happy it’s there. Oh, and if you’re wondering why your name. isn’t on that list—it was submitted last year. And I’ll save you the Google Search, it did not receive a nomination.
Look, I know nothing was beating Zootopia last year. But for your name. to not even be nominated is a slap in the face. Even if you don’t love the movie, your name. is a masterpiece of animation alone. The disrespect for Japanese animation is unreal, and it always has been. Only five Japanese animated films have been nominated in the category’s history, and only Spirited Away has won. But you know what has been nominated? Bolt, The Croods, Kung Fu Panda 2, Cars, Surf’s Up, and Shark Tale.
I’ve got high hopes this year. The category is W-E-A-K, weak, this year. Here are the other 21 submissions:
- The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
- Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
- The Boss Baby
- The Breadwinner
- Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
- Cars 3
- Cinderella the Cat
- Despicable Me 3
- The Emoji Movie
- Ethel & Ernest Ferdinand
- The Girl without Hands
- The Lego Batman Movie
- The Lego Ninjago Movie
- Loving Vincent
- Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
- My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
- Smurfs: The Lost Village
- The Star
- Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming
Like I said, I really love Japan’s chances, especially with In This Corner of the World. It routinely beat out your name. in Japan’s animation awards. I’m not sure how I’m going to see In This Corner of the World before February, but I promise I’m going to. Same with Mary and The Witch’s Flower and Napping Princess.
If I find a legal way, I’ll make sure to let everyone know how. In the meantime, let’s go Japan!