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The predictions for Animated Feature, Documentary Feature and Foreign Language Film have been live for a month (you can always check back here to see things change throughout the month) but today marks the first official predictions in those categories.

Shortlists for Documentary Feature and Foreign Language Film will arrive on December 17th. 

While Incredibles 2 seems like an easy frontrunner in Animated Feature, the Oscars haven’t been too kind to sequels here, even snubbing Finding Dory (at the time the highest grossing animated film of all time) so keep an eye out for the likes of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse to possibly surprise.

Documentary Feature is another category that is rampant with major snubs, often of the year’s most popular films. Just last season Jane was the most rewarding documentary of the year with critics and guilds and was snubbed by doc voters. This year is an overflow of high-profile and high-grossing documentaries. We will inevitably see some major snubs there, but who? I think it could be this year’s NatGeo doc, Free Solo.

The Foreign Language Film committee has two new heads: Larry Karaszewski and Diane Weyermann will co-chair the committee as Mark Johnson exits this year. FLF has one of its richest sets of submissions this season with the potential for first-time nominations for multiple countries.

2019 Oscar Predictions – October

Here are my 2019 Oscar Predictions in Animated Feature, Documentary Feature and Foreign Language Film (the 9-film shortlist) for October 16, 2018.


1. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)
3. Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight)
4. Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (Disney)
5. Mirai (GKids/Fathom Events)

6. Smallfoot (Warner Bros)
7. Lu Over the Wall (GKids)
8. The Grinch (Uinversal)
9. Early Man (Lionsgate)
10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (Warner Bros)


Batman Ninja (Warner Bros)
Duck Duck Goose (Netflix)
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Sony)
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Eleven Arts)
Monster Family (Viva Pictures)
Next Gen (Netflix)
Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount)


1. RBG (Magnolia / CNN Films)
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
3. Three Identical Strangers (Neon / CNN Films)
4. Shirkers (Netflix)
5. Minding the Gap (Hulu / Magnolia)

6. Free Solo (NatGeo)
7. Hale County This Morning, This Evening (Cinema Guild)
8. Fahrenheit 11/9 (State Run Films / Briarcliff Entertainment)
9. On Her Shoulders (Oscilloscope)
10. Crime + Punishment (Hulu / IFC Films)


The Biggest Little Farm (Neon)
Dark Money (PBS)
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (HBO)
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (Focus Features)
Quincy (Netflix)
Reversing Roe (Netflix)
The Sentence (HBO)
Science Fair (NatGeo)


American Chaos (Sony Pictures Classics)
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Bisbee ’17 (4th Row Films)
The Bleeding Edge (Netflix)
Chris the Swiss
Dead Souls
The Eyes of Orson Welles
Generation Wealth (Amazon)
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Kino Lorber)
The Great Buster (Cohen Media)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
Love, Gilda (Magnolia)
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (Abramorama)
Meeting Gorbachev (A&E)
Mercury 13 (Netflix)
Monrovia, Indiana (Zipporah Films)
McQueen (Bleecker Street)
Of Fathers and Sons (Kino Lorber)
On the Road to France (World Film)
The Oslo Diaries (HBO)
The Price of Everything (HBO)
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO)
Samouni Road
Seeing Allred (Netflix)
The Silence of Others
The State Against Mandela and the Others
Studio 54 (A&E)
They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (Netflix)
This Is Home: A Refugee Story
What Comes Around
Whitney (Roadside Attractions/Miramax)


1. Mexico – ROMA (Netflix)
2. Lebanon – Capharnaüm (Sony Classics)
3. Poland – Cold War (Amazon)
4. Denmark – The Guilty (Magnolia)
5. Colombia – Birds of Passage (The Orchard)
6. United Kingdom – I Am Not a Witch (Film Movement)
7. Germany – Never Look Away (Sony Classics)
8. Japan – Shoplifters (Magnolia)
9. Sweden – Border (Neon)


Belgium – Girl
Hungary – Sunset
Italy – Dogman
Paraguay – The Heiresses
Ukraine – Donbass


Egypt – Yomeddine
France – Memoir of War
Iran – No Date, No Signature
Israel – The Cakemaker
Netherlands – The Resistance Banker
Romania – “I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians”
South Africa – Sew the Winter to My Skin
South Korea – Burning
Spain – Champions
Turkey – The Wild Pear Tree
Uruguay – A Twelve-Year Night

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