It’s become a race between Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” and Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with Brad Bird duking it out with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for superhero supremacy.
Bird put the focus on Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) in the sequel to his 2004 Oscar winner, and producers Lord and Miller introduced Miles Morales — the first Spidey of color — while breaking the rules of animation.
Yet, despite the popularity and success of “Incredibles 2″ (with its record $608.5 million domestic gross), Spider-Verse” (co-directed by Peter Ramsey, Bob Bob Persichetti, and Rodney Rothman) has the momentum. It has earned all of the awards acclaim, including the Golden Globe and Producers Guild prizes.
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Meanwhile, Disney offered its own sequel to an Oscar-nominated original, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” a step up in world building and re-introducing the Disney Princesses.
And on the indie side, there’s Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Japanese accented smash, “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight), his stop-motion follow-up to Oscar-nominated “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Also, GKids earned its 11th nomination with “Mirai,” the lovely time-traveling fantasy from Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda.
The contenders are ranked by their likelihood of winning:
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Sony)
“Incredibles 2” (Disney/Pixar)
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Disney)
“Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight)