Oscar voters get DVD screeners of ‘The Breadwinner’ and other GKIDS animation feature contenders

On Dec. 3, “The Breadwinner” pulled off an upset at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards by winning Best Animated Feature over Pixar’s “Coco.” Curious Oscar voters can watch this film version of Deborah Ellis‘ 2000 bestseller about a girl forced by circumstances to be the breadwinner for her family during the Taliban-era in Afghanistan. Its distributor, GKIDS, also sent screeners of two other animated films: “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower.”

All three number among the 26 films qualified for consideration in the 2018 Oscars race for Best Animated Feature. That is one shy of last year’s record number of entries, which in turn had eclipsed the 2014 record of 20 features. There could be up to five nominees depending on how they score with the screening committee.

This marks the first year that the entire membership of the academy can take part in the nomination stage of the Animated Feature Oscar race. Previously, only select members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch and invited members from the other branches could serve on the committee that decided the nominees. Mandatory attendance at screenings has been dropped and voters who want to be on the nominations committee need only attest to having seen all the contenders at theaters or screenings or by way of the the academy’s streaming site or mailers.

To date, the following screeners of films have been delivered to members of the motion picture academy who vote on the Oscar nominations. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

DECEMBER
Dec. 4: “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
Dec. 4: “The Breadwinner”
Dec. 4: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

NOVEMBER

Nov. 28: “Detroit”
Nov. 28: “I, Tonya”

Nov. 22: “Victoria and Abdul”

Nov. 21: “Mudbound”

Nov. 20: “Last Flag Flying”
Nov. 20: “Wonderstruck”

Nov. 17: “Battle of the Sexes”
Nov. 17: “Gifted”

Nov. 16: “First They Killed My Father”
Nov. 16: “The Beguiled”

Nov. 14: “Get Out”

Nov. 13: “Breathe”
Nov. 13: “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

Nov. 10: “Beatriz at Dinner”
Nov. 10: “Stronger”

Nov. 9: “The LEGO Batman Movie”
Nov. 9: “Wonder Woman”

Nov. 6: “Despicable Me 3”
Nov. 6: “Split”

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OCTOBER
Oct. 25: “City of Ghosts”
Oct. 25: “Human Flow”
Oct. 25: “Long, Strange Trip”

Oct. 17: “The Meyerowitz Stories”
Oct. 17: “Okja”
Oct. 17: “War Machine”

SEPTEMBER
Sept. 19: “Maudie”
Sept. 19: “Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer”

Sept. 16: “Logan”

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