OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Animated Feature

Updated: October 13, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
“Coco” (Pixar)

PROS:
It's a Pixar film. The frontrunner until proven otherwise.
CONS:
Doesn't it feel like "Kubo and the Two Strings?"

2

Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
“Loving Vincent” (Good Deed Entertainment)

PROS:
The Animated branch loves films that push the boundaries. As a feature that is 100% painting, this could be a joy to behold.
CONS:
Can anything beat Pixar? EVER?

3

Nora Twomey
“The Breadwinner” (GKIDS)

PROS:
The animated branch loves GKIDS movie. Twomey worked on the Oscar-nominated "The Secret of Kells."
CONS:
You never know what GKIDS film they'll embrace and with the new rules, it could make some of the smaller films suffer.

4

Sébastian Laudenbach
“The Girl Without Hands” (GKIDS)

PROS:
GKIDS push. Based on "Das Mädchen ohne Hände" by the Brothers Grimm.
CONS:
Which film will get the focus and be embraced?

5

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“The LEGO Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
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CONS:
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6

Carlos Saldanha
“Ferdinand” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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7

Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
“The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales” (GKIDS)

PROS:
From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine.
CONS:
Which GKIDS film will they embrace?

8

Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
“Despicable Me 3” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine.
CONS:
Which GKIDS film will they embrace?

9

Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
“The LEGO Ninjago” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
After the snub of "The LEGO Movie," they may go for both "LEGO" franchise films this year.
CONS:
They could split votes with each other.

10

David Soren
“Captain Underpants” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Box office was solid. Could it manage a spot?
CONS:
The reviews weren't necessarily passionate. It may have a hard time being remembered.

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11

Brian Fee
“Cars 3” (Pixar)

PROS:
This Pixar franchise just keeps proving its worth with money...
CONS:
...but critics don't like it. It'll be tough.

12

Tom McGrath
“The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
A decent moneymaker with decent enough reviews.
CONS:
Not great reviews so it'll be tough.

13

Hiromasa Yonebayashi
“Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (GKIDS)

PROS:
Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the debut film from Studio Ponoc, the ambitious new Japanese animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There), whose reunion with fellow Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There) on this gorgeous, action-packed fantasy film points towards an exciting future.
CONS:
It's a very late year release.

14

Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivera
“Birdboy: The Forgotten Children” (GKIDS)

PROS:
GKIDS push. Winner of Spain’s Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where the director separately won Best Animated Short Film in the same year).
CONS:
There's only so many GKIDS films that can make it.

15

Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivera
“My Little Pony: The Movie” (Lionsgate)

PROS:
GKIDS push. Winner of Spain’s Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where the director separately won Best Animated Short Film in the same year).
CONS:
There's only so many GKIDS films that can make it.

16

Éric Summer, Éric Warin
“Leap!” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
Harvey will give it the proper push it needs.
CONS:
Will it matter?

17

John Stevenson
“The Ark and the Aardvark” (Unified Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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18

John Stevenson
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” (GKIDS)

PROS:
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CONS:
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19

Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro
“Animal Crackers” (Entertainment One)

PROS:
Could be one of those sneak attack contenders. If it's a surprise hit, it could land.
CONS:
It's hard to beat Pixar.

20

Timothy Reckart
“The Star” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
A Sony Pictures push that could benefit from voters that don't see anything outside of mainstream.
CONS:
Film doesn't look particularly strong due to the review.

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21

Aaron Woodley
“Spark: A Space Tail” (Open Road Films)

PROS:
There's usually something obscure in the mix.
CONS:
Is it coming this year?

22

Mark Koetsier
“Blazing Samural” (Open Road)

PROS:
Could this be that surprise nominee in the bunch?
CONS:
Needs more buzz.

23

Cal Brunker
“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” (Open Road)

PROS:
With so few animated features in contention, anything is possible.
CONS:
Is it too much to say EVERYTHING?

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  • Calvin Damon

    God is there a drop off after the top 4 or 5

  • llevronbelac

    In this Corner of the World
    A Silent Voice
    Big Bad Fox and other Tales
    Birdboy: the forgotten children
    The Girl Without Hands
    and Mary and the Witches Flower
    are all getting oscar qualifying runs this year as well

  • Jack Zimmerman

    The Nominees are..

    The Breadwinner
    Coco
    The LEGO Batman Movie
    Loving Vincent
    My Little Pony: The Movie.

    And the winner is…
    Coco!

    • My Little Pony: The Movie? lol, not gonna happen.

      • Reece

        Don’t count it out. The newer show is said to be excellent, could the translation to screen capture the show’s energy? I think it has a shot

  • The winner must be Coco, because this category has been set a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time ago by Disney and Pixar.

    But I’ll be surprised if one of Lego movies would win.

  • This has to be probably the weakest lineup of nominees for this category in years. Almost all of them are commercial products, and there are hardly any foreign films in this lineup. The only American films that are decent enough to be nomination material are the two Lego movies, and Ninjago is already getting mostly negative reviews, and the first Lego movie wasn’t even nominated at all. They should just not list any nominees this year and give Coco an honorary Oscar. It’s already obvious it’s going to win.

    • Baggins

      you really don’t think loving vincent has a chance?

      • I’m sure that it does, haven’t seen it so I can’t quite speak for it, as foreign animated films are almost always better than american animated films, since they’re not victim to commercialism or the “kid’s movie” mentality. Yet the Academy has never nominated more than two foreign films in this category at a time, so for the other three american productions, the voters would have to go for the ninety-minute toy ads. At that point, they have four options this year for the Best Animated Feature category:

        1. Nominate more than two foreign films
        2. Have less than five nomination spots
        3. Not nominate anything and just give one of the films an Honorary Oscar
        4. Risk nominating two films that are poppy, noisy, in your face, and ultimately undeserving of real recognition. I wouldn’t recommend this option, as it would really tarnish the credibility of American animation, and the medium as a whole.

  • Calvin Damon

    At this point it’s almost inevitable that at least one bad movie makes it in.

  • Andres Gtz

    There’s always a very unexpected film taking the 5th spot here… let’s see after the shortlist

  • Baggins

    my picks as of right now in alphabetical order

    The Breadwinner
    Coco
    The Lego Batman Movie
    The Lego Ninjago Movie
    Loving Vincent

  • Calvin Damon

    Thank god for GKIDS. Things were looking grim

  • theatregeek

    With the voting expanded past the animation branch, do not count out Cars 3. It was finally able to bring the franchise good reviews, and I have a feeling the foreign entries will have a tougher time this year.

  • Reece

    my choices:
    1)Coco
    2)Breadwinner
    3)Lego Batman
    4)Captain Underpants OR Boss Baby (one of those weird ones will get in)
    5)Loving Vincent (could miss, reviews weren’t too good)