The history of animation at the Academy Awards is an interesting one.
Long before the Best Animated Feature category was created in 2001, several films broke down barriers and gained the genre respect in Hollywood.
In 1938, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs won a special award for it's groundbreaking achievement; a normal-sized Oscar and seven miniature ones.
In 1992, Disney did it again when Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture and the films Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) later followed in its footsteps when they received the same honor.
But animated films do not only come from the United States. In Japan, animated movies and series - called #anime - are enjoyed by movie lovers of all ages and while the genre is seen as equal with any other in Japan, anime movies have had a harder time gaining the recognition they deserve in the United States and at the Academy Awards.
In 2002, when the first anime movie, Spirited Away, was nominated and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, many fans felt it may have opened the doors for other Japanese animated films and directors to be considered for an Academy Award, but 15 years later anime movies are sadly still often overlooked at the Oscars.
Nevertheless, there are many that deserve the recognition and below are 5 anime movies that were so good they should have received an Oscars nominationRead More...
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