Japan News Network just reported that Ufotable, the studio responsible for producing the anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, announced special programming in North America for Demon Slayer: Infinity Train, two days before the final selection for the 2021 Academy Awards.
According to the official rules for the Academy Awards, they are eligible for an Oscar All films were screened in North America between January 2020 and February 2021and the exclusive demonstration of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train is scheduled for February 26th in Miami, Florida for a total of seven days. The representative from Ufotable confirmed that "the screening was only agreed for the election for the 2021 Academy Awards" and that "the film will be released in all US cinemas once the work is completed".
The great success of the film seems to guarantee the nomination, if only because among the tangible candidates for the Oscar for animation only stand out Wolf Wanderer - The Wolf People (Apple TV +), soul (Disney / Pixar), Next - Beyond Magic (Disney / Pixar) e Across the moon - the fantastic world of Lunaria (Netflix). Earwig and the Witch both flopped, so the odds for Studio Ghibli seem very slim.
The awards for the 93rd edition of the Academy Awards will take place live on April 25, 2021, while nominations will be announced on March 15. So in a little less than a month we'll find out if Ufotable hasn't done the trick.
What do you think about it? Will Demon Slayer win a nomination? Let us know with a comment! In the meantime, we remind you that the film is also expected in Italy where it will be released in 2021.