Will Spider-Man help the Oscars take animated films seriously?

The Oscars have had a storied history of engaging with animated cinema – but maybe that's about to change for the better.

By Robert Boucaut, University of Adelaide

‘Animation is cinema. Animation is not a genre. And, animation is ready to be taken to the next step – we are all ready for it, please help us, keep animation in the conversation.’

This was Guillermo del Toro’s testament accepting the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2023 for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, released by Netflix. As one of the most acclaimed modern auteurs – and one who has announced his intention to stick with animation as his preferred medium – his acceptance speech reads like a plea directly to the academy.

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