The Academy Award is arguably the most prestigious award in the movie industry. However, throughout its long history, only ONE Japanese anime movie has ever won one, and that is of course, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Now, three more anime movies try to give Japan the honor of a second Academy Award for a feature length film. They are A Silent Voice, In This Corner of the World, and Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

A Silent Voice’s US Distributor, Eleven Arts has revealed that it will show the movie across US cinemas starting October 20, thereby qualifying the movie for an Oscar Nomination. If nominated, any of these three movies could win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature category.

Previously, the Academy has nominated six Japanese anime films, all of which are from Studio Ghibli. This means that if one of these three movies gets the nomination, this will be the first non-Ghibli Japanese animated film to get an Oscar nomination. And if one of these three movies actually do win, they will be the second Japanese anime movie to ever win an Academy Award/Oscar.

So, what do you guys think of their chances in winning?

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