“Incredibles 2 comes supercharged with timely, sophisticated themes around societal apathy and gender parity” TIME OUT, Tomris Laffly. For Your Consideration – Best Animated Feature pic.twitter.com/i4zNGbSTTN
— Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) February 16, 2019
Within hours of posting these messsages from Pixar’s official Twitter account, the tweets were overrun by fans of Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, many of whom simply chose to post this animated GIF of a dazed and confused Spidey:
— faith, 🆒 kid (@faith_schaffer) February 16, 2019
It’s hard to know just how many people posted the GIF, but with 18,000-plus responses to the first Disney tweet, it’s safe to assume that thousands of people participated in the Disney trolling. A handy term exists for what happened: in the Twitterverse, a tweet that receives far more comments than retweets is considered “ratioed,” and Disney achieved that ignominious metric with these campaigning efforts.
What’s interesting here is that the genuine passion and enthusiasm for Spider-Verse seems to be coupled with a lingering dread about the film’s chances with Academy voters. Even though the film is the clear frontrunner and has already been honored dozens of times this award season, including with a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and numerous Annies and VES awards, its Oscar chances remain questionable.
That’s because many Academy voters (i.e. the live-action film industry) have a strong disdain for animated films and refuse to treat animation with the same dignity and respect as they do live-action filmmaking. Some Academy voters have even admitted in the past that they don’t bother to watch the animated nominees, simply checking off whatever Walt Disney Animation Studios or Pixar film happens to be nominated that year.
While that explains why Disney Company films win year in and year out, it doesn’t alleviate the concerns of animation fans who want to see a good-faith attempt by Academy members to honor animation filmmaking.
Whatever happens this year, it’s not in the hands of Twitter users. It’s up to Academy voters, and Oscar voting closes Tuesday at 5pm PST. We’ll find out what the voters chose this Sunday during the presentation of the 91st Academy Awards.