Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) is shortlisted for the Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in the US. FUNimation officially confirms the news:

“We’re thrilled to have ‘Your Name.’ on the list of contenders for a Best Animated Feature nomination,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “It is a masterpiece of animation from director Makoto Shinkai and is definitely worthy of Oscar consideration. We look forward to releasing it in theaters in 2017.” [ read more ]

More of the process and the complete list of contenders after the jump!

Peter Debruge, the Chief Film Critic at Variety explained the process of selecting the nominees, which is different from the standard voting process for other awards at the Oscars. He said:

Unlike, say, the best picture race, in which voters pick their favorites from memory, selecting from among several hundred qualifying films released in Los Angeles theaters that year, the animated feature category tops out at around 20 eligible films, all of which are screened for the nominating committee. In order for their votes to count, each member must see AND RATE at least two-thirds of the qualifying films. The Academy recognition has been the best possible boost for business, raising the profile of these micro-releases far more than the company’s limited marketing budget ever could. While Pixar and DreamWorks spend more on P&A than most GKids films cost to produce, for indies, it almost makes more sense to campaign for an Oscar and let the resulting publicity do the rest. But GKids’ success has created competition as well, and now other distributors see modest commercial potential in releasing animated features — companies that focused almost exclusively on home video such as Shout! Factory (“Long Way North”) and FUNimation, which picked up Makoto Shinkai’s celebrated anime “Your Name.” [

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Here's the complete list of the shortlisted anime:

  • Angry Birds
  • April and The Extraordinary World
  • Finding Dory
  • Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Kubo and The Two Strings
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • The Little Prince
  • Long Way North
  • Miss Hokusai
  • Moana
  • Mune: Guardian of the Mune
  • My Life As A Zucchini
  • Phantom Boy
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • The Red Turtle
  • Sausage Party
  • The Secret Life Of Pets
  • Sing
  • Storks
  • Trolls
  • Your Name
  • Zootopia

 [ Source: AFA Animation for Adults ]


 

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FUNimation, posted the upcoming release of the anime on their blog:

We’re excited to announce today that we will be releasing Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), the newest gorgeously animated film from prestigious director Makoto Shinkai, in theaters and on home video. If you’re not familiar with Director Shinkai’s work, you need to be—Variety named him one of the top 10 “animators to watch” for 2016 (and the only Japanese director on that list), and also listed him as one of the top anime directors after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, along with Boy and the Beast director Mamoru Hosoda. [ source ]

Heavy contenders on the list include Kubo and the Two Strings, The Red Turtle, Finding Dory, Zootopia, and Trolls.

Animation Alley pins its hope on Kubo, placing 'Your Name' at #7:

Laika has perhaps the best reputation of all the studios here. The industry has shown enormous support for Laika's stop-motion brilliance, awarding them consecutive Oscar nominations for every single one of their films, and even nominating "The Boxtrolls" at the expense of "The Lego Movie." With their being said, their newest film, "Kubo and the Two Strings," is virtually a shoo-in given how it's been hailed as Laika's best film yet. [ read more ]

I hope that FUNimation will do everything in their power to promote Shinkai's anime!

 

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