But before we get to our annual tradition of the “nerd categories”, I wanted to point out something very cool. Logan got a Best Adapted screenplay nomination! It’s the first superhero movie to earn the Adapted nod (The Incredibles was the first to get Original), and first comic book based movie to get into the category since American Splendor. Well deserved and a delightful surprise to cap off a tremendous list of nominees. Edit: I stand corrected, A History of Violence was nominated in 2006…so the first one since THAT one.
But as for the categories that pertain to this article:
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes
Honestly, I’d be surprised if anything ends up topping Blade Runner 2049 here. Often, the VFX category is the home of the “best blockbuster” of the year, and while I enjoyed all five films to varying degrees, Blade Runner 2049 was a class of its own and a stunner for the eyes.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby — Tom McGrath, Ramsey Naito
The Breadwinner — Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
Coco — Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Ferdinand — Carlos Saldanha
Loving Vincent — Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dear Basketball — Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
Garden Party — Victor Claire, Gabriel Grapperon
Lou — Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
Negative Space — Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
Revolting Rhymes — Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer
As for the animated categories, I can’t speak the shorts, but outside of Coco and the just okay The Breadwinner, Animated Feature Film is *brutal*, even the heralded Loving Vincent was a slog (I thought it was a rotoscoped nightmare). So, wrap that one up for Pixar, especially since Coco was roundly well received in the same kind of vein of as their better works.
You can find the full list of nominees here. And I just wanted to emphasize this…Christopher Nolan is *finally* an Oscar nominee! Hurrah!