Flee is easily the most remarkable story this morning. In addition to its other categories, it earned a third nomination in the animated feature category. No animated film has ever come close to pulling off this hat trick of key film category nominations. It’s a powerful statement about animation’s power as a storytelling medium and its ability to transcend even the Academy’s self-ghettoization of the art form.
Pictured at top: “Bestia,” “Flee,” “Affairs of the Art,” “Encanto”
The nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s a banner year for the animation art form.
Animation was nominated in seven different categories: the standard three (animated feature, animated short, visual effects), as well as documentary feature (Flee), international feature (Flee, representing Denmark), original score (Encanto), and original song (“Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto).

Animated Feature
  • Encanto
    Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, Clark Spencer
  • Flee
    Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Charlotte de La Gournerie
  • Luca
    Enrico Casarosa, Andrea Warren
  • The Mitchells vs The Machines
    Michael Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Kurt Albrecht
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
    Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer, Peter Del Vecho
Animated Short Film
  • Affairs of the Art
    Joanna Quinn, Les Mills (U.K./Canada)
  • Bestia
    Hugo Covarrubias, Tevo Díaz (Chile)
  • Boxballet
    Anton Dyakov (Russia)
  • Robin Robin
    Dan Ojari, Mikey Please (UK)
  • Windshield Wiper
    Albert Mielgo, Leo Sanchez (U.S./Spain)
Visual Effects
  • Dune
    Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
  • Free Guy
    Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
  • No Time to Die
    Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, Chris Corbould
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, Dan Oliver
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home
    Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scot Edelstein, Dan Sudick

Stay tuned to Cartoon Brew all morning for further in-depth analysis of all of the nominees, as well as reactions from the nominees. For now, here are all the nominees in the animation categories:

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