It’s easy to dismiss movie awards shows as pretentious, self-congratulatory extravaganzas that exist only to make Hollywood celebrities feel better about themselves. But sometimes, awards shows get it right and celebrate excellence and artistry, and when that happens, it’s worth noting.
Case in point, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse essentially swept this year’s Annie Awards, winning seven awards in all for best feature, character animation, character design, direction, production design, writing, and editorial.
Into the Spider-Verse has also been nominated for a best animated feature Oscar. You’d think that it’s strong showing at the Annies would increase its chances of winning the Oscar, but Terry Flores points out that’s not necessarily the case due to changes in how the Academy treats the category.
Whatever happens, though, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and everyone else involved in the film should be incredibly proud of themselves. Into the Spider-Verse is simply fantastic, a brilliantly designed and animated film that’s filled with lots of heart as well as breathtaking action. It’s everything you could possibly want in a superhero movie, and then some.
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