Alexis Hejna and Diego B. Gleeson present their 2024 Best Animated Feature Nominations!

The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature is given each year for the best animated film. An animated feature is defined by the academy as a film with a running time of more than 40 minutes in which characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique, a significant number of the major characters are animated, and animation figures in no less than 75 percent of the running time. The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was first awarded in 2002 for films released in 2001.

The entire AMPAS membership has been eligible to choose the winner since the award's inception. If there are sixteen or more films submitted for the category, the winner is voted from a shortlist of five films, otherwise there will only be three films on the shortlist.

The Best Animated Feature nominees are all very different coming-of-age stories: Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony), Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” (Studio Ghibli/GKids), Pixar’s first love story, “Elemental,” Annapurna Animation/Netflix’s queer breakthrough “Nimona,” and “Robot Dreams” (Neon), the bittersweet bromance from Spanish director Pablo Berger (“Blancanieves”).

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