2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
(UPDATED: FEBRUARY 24, 2016) – FINAL
Is there anything that can top “Inside Out” at this point, especially with the Best Original Screenplay nomination to boot? “Anomalisa” has a nice push from Paramount Pictures but I would keep a close eye on “When Marnie Was There” for a potential upset (though super duper unlikely).
AND THE NOMINEES ARE
1. "Inside Out" Disney/Pixar
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. GG nominee.
2. "When Marnie Was There" GKIDS
GKIDS is in the hunt again. They are likely just a film or two away from their first trophy.
3. "Anomalisa" Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures picked it up for a late 2015 release. They loved it at Telluride. Could be a dark horse for the win. GG nominee.
4. "Shaun the Sheep Movie" Lionsgate
Stop motion animation that can get the attention of the branch. Golden Globe nomination.
5. "Boy & the World" GKIDS
Another GKIDS possibility that has some very loud lovers in its corner. GKIDS is headed for a win very soon.
6. "The Good Dinosaur" Disney/Pixar
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.
7. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" GKIDS
Produced by Salma Hayek, the film has been warmly received by critics. GKIDS backing also helps.
8. "The Peanuts Movie" 20th Century Fox
Charlie Brown in the Oscar race? Sounds too good to be true but it can definitely happen.
9. "Minions" Universal Pictures
Made a ton of money and AMPAS took the bite for "Despicable Me 2." Dark horse for an entry. Strong possible Golden Globe nominee.
10. "Home" 20th Century Fox
Reviews weren't THAT good but it made an impressive bank. Could wiggle its way in.
11 “Hotel Transylvania 2″ (Columbia Pictures)
12 “The Boy and the Beast” (GKIDS)
13 “Moomins on the Riviera” (GKIDS)
14 “The Laws of the Universe – Part 0” (Eleven Arts)
15 “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water” (Paramount Pictures)
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