Hidden in all the Monday hoopla over the BOS list, BFCA noms, etc. was the release of this year’s Reminder List, technically the most important pre-Oscar list of all. It lists all the films set to have their LA run to qualify for most Oscar categories, including the “top six”, as well as the actors in those films. (Since all non-acting categories are awarded for the film — except BOS which has its own list — there’s no need to name anyone other than actors, not even the director.)
Before this year (see last year’s list, courtesy of the Internet Archive), voice actors in animated films on the Reminder List were preceded by “ANIMATION VOICEOVERS” in all caps; AFAIK they’ve always been listed this way, back to when they became eligible in the mid-1990s (after Disney’s failed campaign for Robin Williams in Aladdin). This year, however, that text does NOT appear in the Reminder List; voice-only roles are shown exactly the same as all others.
This may just be a small change due to the growing potential for voiceovers outside of animation (not just Scarlett Johansson in Her, but also performance capture), which weren’t flagged at all in last year’s list; eliminating the “ANIMATION VOICEOVERS” label treats all voiceovers the same. However, with Actors Branch voters no longer being told in all caps by the Reminder List about voice-only roles of any kind, is it possible that this change could lead to the first-ever Oscar nomination for a voice-only role, whether in animation or elsewhere? (I don’t think it’ll be this year, but I’ve hinted I’d have no problem with a Scarlett nom if they also nommed Idina Menzel in Frozen. )