One of the biggest tells that The Academy doesn’t respect animation is that “Animation” is considered a genre unto itself.
Animation is so much broader than a single genre:
You’ve got Westerns
You’ve got Action/Horror
You’ve got Murder Mysteries (or whatever the heck this show was…don’t look into it if you’re faint of heart, believe me. There’s animal death.)
Then there’s your crime dramadies/buddy films
And a LOT of Social Commentary
There’s Zombie Movies
Super Hero flicks
And of course, there’sChicken Run
Conclusion: Animation is a different medium, not a genre.