While Disney and Pixar ‘toons have claimed six out of the past eight wins for Best Animated Feature, Sony’s visually innovative “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has the best chance to swing its way to a Critics’ Choice award on Sunday night. The Marvel superhero adventure has 9/2 odds in our predictions.
All Eight Experts participating — Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Susan King (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and myself — and six Editors and 16 Top 24 Users are backing “Spider-Verse,” which already has a Golden Globe.
Pixar’s clan of caped crusaders in ‘Incredibles 2’ comes in second among six contenders with 5/1 odds. Its backers includes an outlier Editor, Marcus James Dixon, one Top 24 User, dos458, and seven Top 24 Users. Coming in third is Wes Anderson’s stop-motion salute to man’s best friend, “Isle of Dogs.”
In the back of the pack are “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (6/1), “Mirai” (8/1) and “The Grinch” (9/1). Voting begins for the Critic’s Choice awards on Thursday.
Besides cleverly emulating an actual comic-book, “Spider-Verse” features a half-Puerto Rican, half African-American Brooklyn teen named Miles Morales who acquires his super powers after being bitten by a spider. He is voiced by Shameik Moore of Netflix’s “The Get Down.” Other actors include Mahershala Ali as Miles’ uncle, who just claimed a Golden Globe for “Green Book” and Hailee Steinfeld, an Oscar nominee for 2010’s “True Grit,” as love interest Gwen Stacy and Spider-Woman. The film has earned $275 million worldwide and already has a sequel and a spin-off in the works.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Jan. 13.