Each year here at Animation World Network we put a spotlight on the five animated features -- and the talented, dedicated and groundbreaking creative teams behind them -- to receive an Academy Award nomination, as well as the numerous other awards and accolades gathered along the way.
This year’s nominees for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, culled from a field of 25 contenders, represent some of the biggest creative efforts of an industry that is constantly evolving, pushing boundaries with new techniques and technologies that refine and stretch the rich history of what has come before. They include an iconic family of superheroes, a band of scrappy underdogs, a time-traveling baby, the wide world of the Web, and an entirely fresh look at a familiar character.
Leading up to the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, here is a handy guide to AWN’s coverage from over the past year of the five nominated films, including in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the most outstanding and memorable ‘toons of 2018.
Hearty congratulations to all the nominees, and to the creative teams that helped bring these films to the screen, for garnering what many consider to be the industry’s highest honors. No matter which film takes home the Oscar Statuette on Sunday it’s a considerable achievement just to have a chance at approaching the podium, and we’ll be cheering for each and every one of them.
Brad Bird Makes a Heroic Return to Animation with the Incredible ‘Incredibles 2’
Mad for Mid-Century Design: Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’
Pixar Revisits The Parr Family in ‘Incredibles 2’
‘Incredibles 2’: How Pixar Story Artist Ted Mathot Brought the ‘Auntie Edna’ Mini-Movie To Life
Review: ‘Incredibles 2’
Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide
Box Office: ‘Incredibles 2’ Sets Animation Debut Record
Free Download: Special Annecy 2018 Edition of ANIMATIONWorld Magazine!
Watch: New Trailer, Poster, Image from ‘Incredibles 2’
Annecy to Screen ‘Incredibles 2,’ Honor Director Brad Bird
Pixar Previews 'Incredibles 2' During Olympics Coverage
Pixar Updates 'Incredibles 2' Cast, Character Info
Jack-Jack in the Spotlight in First Teaser for Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’
‘Incredibles’ Sequel Now Officially in the Works
Isle of Dogs
The Visual Effects of Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’
‘Isle of Dogs’ Tops Animafest Zagreb Feature Lineup
From Megasaki City to NYC: ‘Isle of Dogs’ Takes Manhattan
Made by Hand: The Puppets of ‘Isle of Dogs’
Review: A Tale of Two Dogtoons - ‘Isle of Dogs’ and 'Lady and the Tramp’
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Gives Erudite Canines Their Day
Annecy Festival Announces 2018 Virtual Reality Selections
WATCH: Featurette on Animating ‘Isle of Dogs’
WATCH: Animated ‘Isle of Dogs’ Cast Interviews
Berlin Festival Honors Anderson for 'Isle of Dogs'
WATCH: First Clip from Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'
Fox Searchlight Releases New ‘Isle of Dogs’ Photos
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ to Open the 68th Berlinale
Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Set for 2018 Release
New Concept Poster Unveiled for Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’
Merging Hand-Drawn Tradition with CG Artistry for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’
Mamoru Hosoda and the Magical World of ‘Mirai’
Annecy 2018: Political, Social and Family Issues Stand Out in a Strong Line-Up of Feature Films
Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ Now in Theaters!
Japan in the Spotlight at Second Annual ANIMATION IS FILM Festival
‘Ruben Brandt, Collector,’ ‘Seder-Masochism’ Among 11 Features to Compete at ANIMATION IS FILM
GKIDS Bringing Hosoda's 'Mirai' to North America
10 Animated Features Selected to Compete at Annecy 2018
Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ to Screen at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Breaking the Rules: Phil Johnston and Rich Moore Return for 'Wreck-It Ralph 2'
Visualizing and Building the World of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
How Disney Designed the Retro-Meets-Modern Digital World of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Barely Edges 'The Grinch’ to Remain Box Office Champ
‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Smashes Box Office Records
CLIP: Meet Your Search Bar in Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
Disney Modifies Princess Tiana in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Amid Whitewashing Criticism
WATCH: New Trailer, Poster and Images for Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
CLIP: Meet Shank, See Disney Princesses in Sneak Peek of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
Disney Animation Unveils Technological Innovations at SIGGRAPH 2018
SIGGRAPH Announces 2018 Production Sessions
Watch: New Trailer, Images for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
WATCH: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Teaser Trailer
Disney offers ‘Ralph 2’ Sneak Peek at Annecy
Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Arrives in Theaters March 9, 2018
Disney Announces ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Recipe for Success: How Three Directors Cooked Up Phil Lord’s Vision for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Christina Steinberg Talks Risks and Rewards Making ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Creating A Stylized Universe for Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Art Triumphs Over Everything
Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ at SPARK FX 2019
PGA Crowns ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Producers
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Black Panther’ Take Home Critics’ Choice Awards
Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Golden Globe Award
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Delivers Largest December Animated Opening
‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Voted Best Animated Feature by LA and NY Film Critics
Miles Flails Through Web-Swinging 101 in New ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip
WATCH: Spider-Ham Revealed in New ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Trailer
Sony Bringing ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ to New York Comic Con
LOOK: Sony Reveals New Concept Art for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Look: Trailer, Poster, Photos for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Sony Trailer Unveils ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
‘LEGO Movie’ Directors Developing Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Feature for Sony
Sony Hack Reveals Plans for Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Feature
Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.