‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ have to defy the Oscars’ incredible bias against animated sequels

Incredibles 2” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet” not only have to overcome a steamrolling “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but an incredibly big bias as well: Only one sequel has ever won the category.

Since “Shrek” (2001) scored the inaugural Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 74th ceremony, five sequels have been nominated, with only “Toy Story 3” (2010), which was also up for Best Picture, winning. The others were “Shrek 2” (2004), which lost to “The Incredibles”; “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), which fell to “Rango”; “Despicable Me 2” (2013), which was beaten by “Frozen”; and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (2014), which was defeated by “Big Hero 6” in a “LEGO Movie”-less field.

“Incredibles 2” and “Ralph,” both of which led the Annie Awards nominations, are probably good for nominations; they’re in first and third place, respectively, in our odds, with “Isle of Dogs” in second, “Spider-Man” in fourth and “Mirai” in fifth. But the Oscars has rejected some blockbuster animated sequels in recent years, snubbing “Finding Dory” (2016) and “Despicable Me 3” (2017) completely while their predecessors had won or been nominated. Could that fate befall “Incredibles 2” and “Ralph” as well?

SEE ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ top Annie Awards nominations

If they do get in, they have to be wary of our friendly neighborhood “Spider-Man.” The crowd-pleasing hit has been scooping up critics awards left and right, and even Guillermo del Toro is pulling for it.

Working in favor of “Incredibles 2” is that it hails from Pixar, which has dominated this category with nine wins from 11 bids. Disney, which produced “Ralph,” has the second most wins, at three from 10 nominations. So voters could be lazy and check off a familiar name.

If “Incredibles 2” does end up winning, it wouldn’t just be the second sequel to do so, but it’d be the first franchise with multiple wins. “Toy Story” (1995) and “Toy Story 2” (1999) predated the category, but there’s always next year’s “Toy Story 4.”

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