oscars 2020 best animated feature submissions

Academy voters rarely take animation seriously, but they’re going to seriously narrow the field of contenders for Best Animated Feature. The field for the Oscars 2020 best animated features submissions reached a record high this year, with a whopping 32 films submitted for the category.

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weathering with you trailer

Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up to his sublime 2016 hit Your Name has been on a hot streak since its summer premiere in Japan, where it became the country’s biggest box office hit of the year. Since then, Weathering With You has earned raves at every film festival it has opened at, including the Toronto International Film Festival where it made its North American premiere. The cherry on top of Weathering With You‘s successful summer was its submission to be Japan’s entry for Best International Film — a first for an anime film since Princess Mononoke in 1998.

Now GKIDS, the film’s U.S. distributor, has released a new Weathering With You trailer along with an official release date…for 2020. Yes, we’ll have to wait another three months until we see Shinkai’s acclaimed sci-fi romance, but at least we have a gorgeous new Weathering With You trailer to tide us over.

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weathering with you oscars

For the first time in 22 years, Japan has selected an anime film as its best international film entry at the Oscars. Makoto Shinkai‘s romantic fantasy movie Weathering With You is the Japanese entry for best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars, marking the first time since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998 that Japan has thrown its weight behind an animated film for its foreign-language category contender.

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weathering with you trailer

There’s no one who can animate rain like Makoto Shinkai, the director of the 2016 global anime hit Your Name, so it’s no surprise that he would make an entire film about a character that can control the weather. Weathering With You looks to be another cerebral sci-fi tearjerker that could potentially earn the filmmaker his long-deserved Oscar nod. Watch the new Weathering With You trailer below.

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weathering with you us release

In 2017, Your Name helped put anime back on the global map as acclaimed, prestigious films worthy of awards recognition. Three years later, director Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up will finally be making its way to the States. Weathering With You, Shinkai’s latest visually stunning and cerebral sci-fi drama, will be released in Japan this summer, but has already been picked up for U.S. distribution by the animation distributor GKIDS.

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weathering with you trailer

Three years after Makoto Shinkai delivered his acclaimed 2016 masterpiece Your Name, the anime director is delivering what looks to be another gorgeous, visually stunning film with Weathering With YouAnd based on the trailer, Shinkai’s follow-up film will be just as cerebral and ambitious as his 2016 mega-hit. Watch the Weathering With You trailer below.

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