A few moments ago, Aniplex confirmed that Demon Slayer: Infinity Train has officially been added to the list of possible candidates for the 2021 Academy Awards, in the "Best Animated Film" category. The film will compete for a spot with the great masterpieces from Disney and Pixar, as well as five other anime films such as Earwig and the Witch.
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. All films screened in North America between January 2020 and February 2021 are eligible, which is why this news is officially confirmed the upcoming debut of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train in the USA.
A total of six anime films were submitted: Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (Ufotable), Earwig and the witch (Studio Ghibli), Lupine III the first (TMS Entertainment / Marza Animation), On-Gaku: Our sound (Rock 'n' Roll Mountain), Ride your wave (Science Saru) e Miyo - a feline love (Studio Colorido). Disney and Pixar are in the running with two films Next - Beyond Magic is soulBoth have a guaranteed spot in the last five nominations, so the chances of more than one anime film making it into the finalists are extremely slim.
Of all of them, Demon Slayer: Infinity Train is without a doubt the film with the greatest chance of garnering a nomination, despite stiff competition from other western films such as Wolf Wanderer - The Wolf People (Apple TV +) e Across the moon - the fantastic world of Lunaria (Netflix). To find out if the Ufotable movie makes it or not, we just have to wait until March 15th.
What do you think about it? Which of these anime films would have deserved a place among the nominees? Let us know with a comment! In the meantime, we would like to remind you that Demon Slayer: Infinity Train will also arrive in Italy in 2021, although the release date has not yet been set.