The first step in the process of electing a candidate for office or giving someone an award is nomination. When someone is officially recommended as a contender, that's their nomination.

Your nomination for Best Animated Film in a film festival means that you're one of the directors who will be up for the award. A nomination is a huge honor in itself, because it means you've been chosen to be on a short list of possible winners. During presidential elections, major party nominations are usually made after a primary election—the party's nomination is its official endorsement of a candidate. The Latin root, nominationem, means "a naming."

Definitions of nomination
  1. noun
    the act of officially naming a candidate
    “the Republican nomination for Governor”
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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  2. noun
    the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election
    “there was keen competition for the nomination
    “his nomination was hotly protested”
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    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  3. noun
    an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election
    “the nomination was brief and to the point”
    synonyms: nominating address, nominating speech
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    type of:
    addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)
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