2019 Annie Awards nominations preview: Which animated feature will lead at this precursor to the Oscars?

Nominations for the 46th annual Annie Awards will be announced on Monday (Dec. 3). This year’s Oscar frontrunner, “Incredibles 2,” is expected to lead the roster of contenders. We also expect a strong showing by the other four films that we are predicting to reap Oscar bids for Best Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which just won over the New York Film Critics Circle; Wes Anderson‘s critically acclaimed “Isle of Dogs”; “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to the 2013 Annie winner “Wreck-It-Ralph”; and the Japanese import “Mirai” by acclaimed animator Mamoru Hosoda.

“The Incredibles” swept the Annie Awards in 2005, winning Best Animated Feature as well as all nine of the other races in which it contended. Among these were three for Brad Bird (Directing, Writing and Voice Acting). The film also took home Animated Effects, Character Animation, Character Design, Music, Production Design and Storyboarding. This Pixar pic went on to win at the Academy Awards.

But be warned: the Annie Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, don’t always agree with the motion picture academy. Six of the last nine Annie champs have lined up with the Oscars: “Up” (2010), “Rango” (2012), “Frozen” (2014), “Inside Out” (2016), “Zootopia” (2017) and “Coco” (2018).

SEE This is the most open Best Animated Feature race in years.

In 2011, “How to Train Your Dragon” won over the Annies while the academy embraced “Toy Story 3; in 2013, the Annies went with “Wreck-It-Ralph” while the Oscars adored “Brave”; and in  2015, the Annies named “How to Train Your Dragon 2” as Best Animated Feature, but the Oscar winner was “Big Hero 6.”

Make your Oscar predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until nominations are announced on January 22. And join in the debate taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forum.

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