Miles Morales and his rag-tag group of Spider-People (and -Ham) from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse were not supposed to knock out Disney’s Incredibles 2 to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Ever since the world met Mr. Incredible and his family of supers in 2004, moviegoers were clamoring for a sequel about the capeless crusaders. Disney held off for 14 years before telling the rest of the Parr family’s story and released the film over the summer to mostly positive reviews and a strong box office. This highly anticipated Incredibles sequel was supposed to win the Oscars, after all, The Incredibles won in 2005 and critics raved over the movie’s twist on the superhero narrative.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wasn’t really a threat. It’s an animated Spider-Man movie that doesn’t even focus directly on Peter Parker. Disney has cornered the Best Animated Feature Oscar leaving very little room for other animation studios. With the exception of tonight, the studio has won that Oscar 10 times out of the last 11 years. The Incredibles won it in 2005. If for some crazy reason it didn’t, Disney had a second horse, Ralph Breaks the Internet, in the race.
But Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s animation style was something that had never been seen before. The movie was an underdog, but it had a profound impact on viewers who had never seen a superhero like Miles Morales. Spider-Verse really resonated with audiences and also changed superhero movies. The comic book world has long had alternate universes featuring different versions of Thor, Spider-Man and even Captain America. Sony decided to acknowledge the universes and even mesh them together to make the ultimate team-up movie.
The Academy rewarded Spider-Verse for its boldness tonight as the film’s creators were honored with the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) February 25, 2019