Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse picks up serious Oscars momentum

Sony may be poised to become one of the few studios other than Disney to win an animation Oscar.

Each year, the Oscar for Best Animated Feature tends to go to a Disney film almost by default. In fact, since the award was introduced in 2002, the studio has won it 13 out of 17 times, as Polygon points out. Disney has really solidified its grasp over the trophy in recent years; in the past decade, only a single film released by anyone other than Disney has won: Rango in 2012. At this year's Academy Awards, Disney is submitting Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

But they've got some serious competition on their hands, as Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, one of the year's best-reviewed films animated or otherwise, just defeated Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet for Best Animated Feature Film at the Golden Globes. As GoldDerby points out, this is only the third non-Disney movie to ever win this award after The Adventures of Tintin and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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One result of this victory is that Academy voters who haven't watched Spider-Verse yet, and who otherwise might just ignore it and give the Oscar to Disney as usual, may be inclined to check out their screeners of the film. And while the Golden Globes' track record for predicting the Oscars is mixed at best, the two awards shows have picked the same animated feature nine out of 12 times.

Sony, the studio that was widely derided for its Spider-Man efforts five years ago but is on the verge of an Oscar win after recently making nearly $1 billion with Venom, has certainly come a long way.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.