What the Netflix Nominations Mean for the Best Animated Feature Oscar Race

With “I Lost My Body,” the bold French existential mystery about a severed hand, and “Klaus,” the innovative 2D Santa origin story, Netflix powered its way into the Best Animated Feature Oscar race for the first time.

It knocked out Disney’s mighty “Frozen II” and halted GKids’ string of 11 straight nominations going back to 2010.Netflix proved that its now an indie animation force to be reckoned with, and this year will contend with Aardman’s stop-motion sequel, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (February 14th), “Over the Moon”(from former Disney legend Glen Keane), and the 2D black comedy “The Willoughbys.”However, the competition is formidable: Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” finale, and Laika’s fifth stop-motion nominee, “Missing Link.” That breaks down to three indies and two studio entries, along with three originals and two sequels.“Toy Story 4,

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