‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ would be just the 3rd film to hand Pixar an Oscar loss in Best Animated Feature

Anyone can wear the mask, but not everyone can take down Pixar at the Oscars. Miles Morales can though. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is one of the safest bets of Oscar night, which means it would only be the third film to defeat a Pixar movie — in this case, “Incredibles 2” — in Best Animated Feature.

Since it was established 17 years ago, Best Animated Feature has been Pixar’s kingdom, amassing nine wins from 11 previous nominations with “Finding Nemo” (2003), “The Incredibles” (2004), “Ratatouille” (2007), “WALL-E” (2008), “Up” (2009), “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Brave” (2012), “Inside Out” (2015) and “Coco” (2017). Only one other studio, Pixar’s parent company, Disney, has multiple wins with three from 10 previous bids, for “Frozen” (2013), “Big Hero 6” (2014) and “Zootopia” (2015). Disney is in the race this year with “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

Pixar’s two losses were for “Monsters, Inc” (2001), which fell to the behemoth that was “Shrek” the inaugural year of the award, and “Cars” (2006), which was upset by George Miller‘s “Happy Feet” after scoring the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Producers Guild and Annie Awards.

“Incredibles 2” felt like an early frontrunner to hand Pixar another statuette and make the titular superhero family the first franchise with multiple wins (the first two “Toy Story” films predated the award). But then Spidey came out swinging in December with some of the best reviews of the year. With its dynamic animation and inclusive messaging, the joyful, witty film quickly won over moviegoers and famous fans alike, and has steamrolled through the season with Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Producers Guild and BAFTA victories. It also won all seven of the Annie Awards for which it was nominated.

“Spider-Man,” which hails from Sony Animation, has the unanimous support of all 33 of our Experts and all nine of our Editors. “Incredibles 2” is in second in our odds, followed by “Isles of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and Mirai.”

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