Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, winner 2018.

The Best Animated Feature Oscar is an Academy Award of Merit presented to the best overall motion picture of the year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Best Animated Feature category was officially included as an annual award for the first time for the 2001 film year (with the first winner being Shrek). Animated films can be nominated for other categories but have rarely been so: Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) are the only animated films ever to be nominated for Best Picture, while Waltz with Bashir (2008) is the only animated picture ever nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (though it failed to earn a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category).

Eligibility and rules

Until 2011, the award category had to be activated by the Awards Board each year, whereas now it is a standard category. The award is given only if there are at least eight animated feature films (with a theatrical release in Los Angeles). For the purposes of the award, only films over 40 minutes long are considered to be feature films. If there are 16 or more films submitted for the category, the winner is voted from a shortlist of five films (which has thus far happened only in 2002 and 2009, and will happen again in the upcoming 2011 ceremony), otherwise there will only be three films on the shortlist.

Winners and nominees

Computer-animated films have been the big winners in this category, with eight wins in the ten-year history of the award. The only exceptions were in 2002 and 2005, with winners Spirited Away, a traditionally animated anime film, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, a stop-motion animation film. Both non-CG films were also not produced in the United States; Spirited Away came from Japan (it is also the only film not in the English language to win the award) and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit came from Britain.

Pixar Animation Studios has been the most successful organization in the history of Best Animated Feature. All eight feature films made by Pixar between 2001 and 2010 were nominated for the award and only two lost (Monsters Inc. lost to Shrek, and Cars lost to Happy Feet); Pixar's 2011 film, Cars 2 was the first to receive no nomination in the category.

Best Animated Feature By Decade



74th Academy Awards (2001)

ShrekAron Warner
Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusSteve Oedekerk, John A. Davis
Monsters, Inc.Peter Docter, John Lasseter

75th Academy Awards (2002)

Spirited AwayHayao Miyazaki
Ice AgeChris Wedge
Lilo & StitchChris Sanders
Spirit: Stallion of the CimarronJeffrey Katzenberg
Treasure PlanetRon Clements

76th Academy Awards (2003)

Finding NemoAndrew Stanton
Brother BearAaron Blaise, Robert Walker
The Triplets of BellevilleSylvain Chomet

77th Academy Awards (2004)

The IncrediblesBrad Bird
Shark TaleBill Damaschke
Shrek 2Andrew Adamson

78th Academy Awards (2005)

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-RabbitNick Park, Steve Box
Howl's Moving CastleHayao Miyazaki
Tim Burton's Corpse BrideMike Johnson, Tim Burton

79th Academy Awards (2006)

Happy FeetGeorge Miller
CarsJohn Lasseter
Monster HouseGil Kenan

80th Academy Awards (2007)

RatatouilleBrad Bird
PersepolisMarjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Surf's UpAsh Brannon, Chris Buck

81st Academy Awards (2008)

WALL-EAndrew Stanton
BoltChris Williams, Byron Howard
Kung Fu PandaJohn Stevenson, Mark Osborne

82nd Academy Awards (2009)

UpPete Docter
CoralineHenry Selick
Fantastic Mr. FoxWes Anderson
The Princess and the FrogJohn Musker, Ron Clements
The Secret of KellsTomm Moore


83rd Academy Awards (2010)

Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
How to Train Your DragonChris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
The IllusionistSylvain Chomet

84th Academy Awards (2011)

RangoGore Verbinski
A Cat in ParisAlain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & RitaFernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in BootsChris Miller

85th Academy Awards (2012)

BraveMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FrankenweenieTim Burton
ParaNormanSam Fell, Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of MisfitsPeter Lord
Wreck-It-RalphRich Moore

86th Academy Awards (2013)

FrozenChris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho
The CroodsChris Sanders, Kirk De Micco, Kristine Belson
Despicable Me 2Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri
Ernest & CelestineBenjamin Renner, Didier Brunner
The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki

87th Academy Awards (2014)

Big Hero 6Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli
The BoxtrollsAnthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, Travis Knight
How to Train Your Dragon 2Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold
Song of the SeaTomm Moore, Paul Young
The Tale of the Princess KaguyaIsao Takahata, Yoshiaki Nishimura

88th Academy Awards (2015)

Inside OutPete Docter, Jonas Rivera
AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Rosa Tran
Boy & the WorldAlê Abreu
Shaun the Sheep MovieMark Burton, Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was ThereHiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiaki Nishimura

89th Academy Awards (2016)

ZootopiaByron Howard, Rich Moore, Clark Spencer
Kubo and the Two StringsTravis Knight, Arianne Sutner
MoanaJohn Musker, Ron Clements, Osnat Shurer
My Life as a ZucchiniClaude Barras, Max Karli
The Red TurtleMichael Dudok de Wit, Toshio Suzuki

90th Academy Awards (2017)

CocoLee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
The Boss BabyTom McGrath, Ramsey Naito
The BreadwinnerNora Twomey, Anthony Leo
FerdinandCarlos Saldanha
Loving VincentDorota Kabiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart

91st Academy Awards (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Incredibles 2Brad Bird, John Walker, Nicole Paradis Grindle
Isle of DogsWes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson
MiraiMamoru Hosoda, Yuichiro Saito
Ralph Breaks the InternetRich Moore, Phil Johnston, Clark Spencer

Special Awards

Prior to the creation of the Best Animated Feature category in 2001, the Academy granted three special awards for achievements relating to feature-length animated films. In each case, the film that prompted the special recognition was either produced in part or distributed by the Walt Disney Company or one of its subsidiaries. The awards were as follows:

11th Academy Awards, 1938
Special Award "To Walt Disney for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon."
61st Academy Awards, 1988
Special Achievement Award "To Richard Williams for the animation direction of Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
68th Academy Awards, 1995
Special Achievement Award "To John Lasseter, for his inspired leadership of the Pixar Toy Story team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film."
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