2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: JUNE 23, 2015)

Inside Out” sounds like a special presence of the year and already looks to have its big fans.  Could it do damage outside of the Animated Feature race?  Could be.  I’m still keeping a close eye on “The Good Dinosaur” that despite all the production troubles, could still be a major contender.  “The Little Prince” also has a strong possibility of gaining momentum later in the year based on early reviews from Cannes.

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. "The Good Dinosaur"

Disney/Pixar
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Pixar is back in the picture this year. "The Good Dinosaur" has had production problems but it doesn't mean they won't default to it as a choice. It has to do better than "Inside Out" and that's a high mark to set.
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2. "Inside Out"

Disney/Pixar
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The reviews are there and people love it. It's definitely one of the frontrunners (at the moment) but there's still plenty more to come.
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3. "The Little Prince"

Paramount Vantage
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The word out of Cannes was extremely positive. It could be a dark horse later in the year.
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4. "The Peanuts Movie"

20th Century Fox
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Charlie Brown in the Oscar race? Sounds too good to be true but it can definitely happen.
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5. "Minions"

Universal Pictures
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Could be a no-brainer for a nomination judging on the reception to the 'Despicable Me' films.
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OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

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6. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet"

GKIDS
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This Salma Hayek produced film has been flying around since it debuted at TIFF last year. GKIDS has it now and they can do some serious damage.
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7. "Shaun the Sheep Movie"

Aardman
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Stop motion animation that can get the attention of the branch.
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8. "When Marnie Was There"

GKIDS
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GKIDS is in the hunt again. They are likely just a film or two away from their first trophy.
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9. "Storks"

Warner Bros.
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Another unknown factor in the race that could surprise with Warner Bros..
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10. "Home"

20th Century Fox
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Reviews weren't THAT good but it made an impressive bank. Could wiggle its way in.
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ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 “Hotel Transylvania 2″ (Columbia Pictures)

12 “Robodog” (Marza Animated Planet)

13 “Zarafa” (GKids)

14 “Underdogs” (The Weinstein Company)

15 “Kung Fu Panda 3″ (DreamWorks Animation)

16 “Ratchet & Clank” (Rainmaker Entertainment)

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

17 “El Americano: The Movie” (Animex Producciones)

18 “The Boy and the World” (GKids)

19 “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (Paramount Pictures)

20 “Monster Trucks” (Warner Bros.)

21 “Maya the Bee Movie” (Shout! Factory)

22 “Strange Magic” (Lucasfilm)

 

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