The Oscar race is heating up. Features submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, and five of the 26 are directed or co-directed by women, amounting to 19 percent of the award hopefuls.
Titles in the running include Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” the story of a girl who cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy so she can earn money for her family after her father is imprisoned, and “Loving Vincent,” co-directed by Dorota Kobiela, an exploration of the life and death of Vincent van Gogh. The former is produced by Angelina Jolie and the latter marks the world’s first fully-painted feature film.
A press release announcing the news specifies that, “Depending on the number of films that qualify, two to five nominees may be voted.