16 Films Submitted for the Animated Feature Oscar including Three from GKIDS

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anomalisaSixteen Animated Features have been submitted for the Academy Award.  Thanks to Jazz over at Awards Daily for the news along with all the trailers for each one.

Will update the official Animated Feature predictions later this weekend to reflect the changes but I think the top five contenders are still very much in play, and the presumed favorites at the moment.

Here are the sixteen films:

  • Inside Out” (Pixar) – frontrunner
  • The Good Dinosaur” (Pixar) – potential spoiler
  • Anomalisa” (Paramount Pictures) – possible critical darling
  • The Boy and the Beast” (Studio Chizu) – early strong word
  • Boy and the World” (GKIDS) – studio has major power
  • Home” (DreamWorks Animation) – big money maker
  • Hotel Transylvania 2” (Sony Pictures) – sequel was passed over.
  • Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” (GKIDS) – GKIDS’ pony.  Spoiler for the win.
  • The Laws of the Universe Part 0” – unknown entity #1
  • Minions” (Universal Pictures) – money maker and they went for “Despicable Me 2”
  • Moomons on the Riviera” – unknown entity #2
  • The Peanuts Movie” (20th Century Fox) – Charlie Brown has fans but they passed on “Winnie the Pooh”
  • Regular Show: The Movie” (Warner Bros.) – out of nowhere.  who knows?
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie” (Aardman) – critical favorite.  on the cusp
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water” (Paramount Pictures) – panned by critics with live action elements which hurt critically loved films like “LEGO Movie.”
  • When Marnie Was There” (GKIDS) – another potential GKIDS entry.  could muscle something big out.

Who are you rooting for?