Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Already Nominated For Awards

How is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them already nominated for an award when it’s not even out yet? Such are the oddities of the Teen Choice Awards.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them may not be arriving in theaters until November of this year, but somehow, it’s already nominated for an award. Such are the strange ways of the Teen Choice Awards, who announced their “third wave” of nominations yesterday for the July 31st program–and our long awaited return to the Potterverse was among them.

How can a movie be nominated for an award five months before release, and might even win one four months before the public has seen it? Because the Teen Choice Awards covers *everything.* (Hence the fact that there are so many nominations, they come in waves.) They want to encompass a scope large enough that they can ensnare anyone who wants an excuse to show up, even if their movie isn’t out yet. To that end they have a category called “Choice AnTEENcipated Movie” (Hashtag #ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovie, natch!) And one of the six nominations for that esteemed prize went to Beasts.

To be fair, considering how many hotly anticipated released in 2016 are held until the end of the year, it’s a really tough category, including such still competition as Rogue One, Star Trek: Beyond and Suicide Squad.

Check out the full category:

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovie)
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
“Jason Bourne”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
“Star Trek Beyond”
“Suicide Squad”
“Trolls”

According to the Teen Choice Awards voting rules page, voting across all categories is now open. Voting goes straight up to the final day, closing on July 31, 2016, 6:00 PM, PT (That’s 9pm EST.) You can vote any of three ways:

(1) going to TeenChoice.com (the “Site”), then clicking on the “VOTE” section.
(2) logging into your registered, public Twitter account and Tweeting a nominee/nominees with the correct category hashtag, and/or;
(3) open FOX NOW (the “App”), then clicking on the “TEEN CHOICE” section.

You may vote for as many of the active categories as you wish, but you are limited to only one (1) vote per category, per calendar day (based on Pacific Time) and per platform user ID. You may only vote for one Teen Choice nominee per Tweet.

Happy voting, and may the best movie that hasn’t been released yet win!