The 96th Academy Awards are upon us, and the animation category boasts a diverse and exciting lineup. Let’s check the Animated Feature Film Nominees of The 96th Academy Awards!

From the emotional journey of The Boy and the Heron to the groundbreaking visuals of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, each nominated film brings something unique to the table.

Let’s delve deeper into the five contenders vying for the Best Animated Feature Oscar!

Animated Feature Film Nominees of The 96th Academy Awards

Animated Feature Film Nominees of The 96th Academy Awards
Animated Feature Film Nominees of The 96th Academy Awards

The Boy and the Heron

Hayao Miyazaki, the visionary behind Studio Ghibli, presents “The Boy and the Heron,” a semi-autobiographical tale that delves into themes of grief, family, and resilience.

Inspired by Miyazaki’s personal experiences, the film follows Mahito Maki, a young boy grappling with the loss of his mother. Amidst his emotional turmoil, Mahito encounters a talking heron who leads him on a transformative journey of self-discovery.

With its blend of dark comedy and heartfelt storytelling, “The Boy and the Heron” stands as a testament to Miyazaki’s enduring creativity and artistry.


Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” explores the intricate dynamics of family, identity, and love. Directed by Peter Sohn, the film follows Ember, a fire element grappling with her place in the world.

As Ember navigates the pressures of familial expectations and unexpected romance, audiences are treated to a visually stunning and emotionally resonant journey.

Despite facing challenges during production, including critical reviews and personal loss, “Elemental” emerges as a triumph of storytelling and perseverance.


Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by ND Stevenson, “Nimona” transports viewers to a futuristic world where knights and shape-shifting creatures collide.

Directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, this Netflix original film follows the unlikely alliance between Ballister Boldheart and Nimona as they navigate betrayal and redemption.

With its rich thematic depth and captivating animation, “Nimona” offers a compelling exploration of perception, acceptance, and the power of friendship.

Robot Dreams

Pablo Berger’s “Robot Dreams” takes audiences on a nostalgic journey through 1980s New York City. Inspired by Sara Varon’s book, the film follows a lonely dog who forms an unexpected bond with a robot companion.

Through their adventures across the city, “Robot Dreams” celebrates the enduring power of friendship and the beauty of life’s simple joys.

Berger’s innovative storytelling, coupled with stunning animation, makes “Robot Dreams” a standout contender in this year’s lineup.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Building upon the success of its predecessor, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” delivers another thrilling chapter in the Spider-Man saga.

Directed by Kemp Powers, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Justin K. Thompson, the film follows Miles Morales as he embarks on a perilous journey across the Multiverse.

With its groundbreaking animation techniques and emotionally resonant storytelling, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” raises the bar for animated filmmaking.

Source: Animation World Network


Who is hosting the Oscars 2024?

The 96th Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, marking his fourth time taking on the role.

What time are the 96th Academy Award nominations?

They were announced on Jan 23, 2024. Awards ceremonies typically don’t have nominations announced at a specific time.

Has DreamWorks ever won an Oscar?

Yes, DreamWorks Animation has won two Oscars. Their first win was for the 2001 film “Shrek” in the Best Animated Feature category. They also won in the same category for the 2010 film “How to Train Your Dragon.

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Final Thoughts

Above are the Animated Feature Film Nominees of The 96th Academy Awards. As the countdown to the Oscars begins, each of these nominees stands as a testament to the boundless creativity and innovation within the animation industry.

Whether it’s the whimsical charm of Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” or the adrenaline-fueled action of “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” each film offers audiences a unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

Regardless of who takes home the coveted Best Animated Feature award, one thing is certain – animation enthusiasts are in for a treat on Oscar night.

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