And the Oscar for best animation goes to….

A poster for Disney's Moana
A poster for Disney's Moana

Blockbuster movies “Moana” and “Zootopia” are among the films competing for the best animated feature Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday (February 26).

Disney movie “Zootopia,” which sees animals living in an anthropomorphic society, is considered a strong contender for the Oscar, having been named best animated film at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards, the Annies, which celebrate the year’s best animated films, and the Golden Globe awards.

“Moana,” another Disney feature about a teenage girl trying to save her people, also received an Oscar nod for best original song, for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “How Far I’ll Go.”

Director Ron Clements said the movie represents diversity.

“We hoped with our vocal cast that they would be well represented with people from the Pacific Islands and, as it ended up, everyone, every person in our vocal cast is from the islands except for Alan Tudyk who did the chicken,” he said.

“The Red Turtle”, a dialogue-free film about a castaway on a desert island, won the Best Animated Feature Independent award at the Annies.

“It’s not a classic blockbuster, it’s a poetic film and therefore it’s vulnerable,” said the film’s director Michael Dudok de Wit.

“People may not always know, how should I see this film. So, if it’s acknowledged by, for instance, by awards or nominations, I think in this case it really helps, it really pushes the film forward so people feel more comfortable to see it,” he said.

“Kubo and the Two Strings,” which was named best animated film by National Board of Review and “My Life as a Zucchini,” a French-language animated film about a pre-teen orphan named Zucchini, round out the field.

The Academy Awards will be handed out at the Dolby Theatre on February 26, Hollywood’s highlight of the awards season.

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