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Four Women-Directed Animated Features Land on Oscar Shortlist

Four Women-Directed Animated Features Land on Oscar Shortlist

Next year’s February 22 ceremony is still far away, but here’s one thing that’s already crystallized about the Oscars’ animation race: There are no female frontrunners this year (like most years).

A year after Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck took home the big prize for their feminist fairy tale, the animation field is once again dominated by boys and men — both on and off screen. None of the four cartoon features identified as the most likely winners by Anne Thompson have a female protagonist. Say it with me now: SIIIIIIIGH. Not surprisingly, they’re also four of this year’s biggest-budgeted studio outputs. 

In contrast, the four women-directed movies of the 20 that made the animation Oscar shortlist are either children-only fluff or art-house fare: 

“The Hero of Color City” – Becky Bristow

“Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants” – Co-directed by Hélène Giraud
“The Pirate Fairy” – Peggy Holmes
Three of the ten semi-finalists for the animated-shorts category were also directed by women: 

“The Bigger Picture” – Daisy Jacobs
“Me and My Moulton” – Torill Kove
“Symphony No. 42” – Réka Bucsi

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