2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: JANUARY 13, 2016) – FINAL PREDICTIONS

We officially have fifteen contenders for the Animated Feature Oscar with three spots that look reserved for three top candidates.  “Inside Out” emerged from the summer as a big hit and will likely also be in the hunt for a Best Picture nomination.  Early word on “The Good Dinosaur” is great and Pixar will have its hands full pushing both of its hopefuls in the race.  “Anomalisa” seems to be a strong critical favorite at the moment, and one that would also fit nicely into a Best Picture conversation, if given the chance.  After that, we’re making way for some of the GKIDS films, particularly “The Boy and the World” and “Kahlil Gabran’s The Prophet.”  DreamWorks Animation has the first quarter hit “Home” while there may be some wiggle room for Universal Pictures’ “Minions” based on its money-making factor.  The Golden Globes Animated lineup could be the final but that would be too easy.

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. "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. GG nominee.
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2. "Anomalisa"

Paramount Pictures
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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.
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3. "Shaun the Sheep"

Lionsgate
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Stop motion animation that can get the attention of the branch. Golden Globe nomination.
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4. "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet"

GKIDS
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Produced by Salma Hayek, the film has been warmly received by critics. GKIDS backing also helps.
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5. "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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6. "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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7. "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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8. "Boy and the World"

GKIDS
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Another GKIDS possibility that has some very loud lovers in its corner. GKIDS is headed for a win very soon.
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9. "Minions"

Universal Pictures
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Made a ton of money and AMPAS took the bite for "Despicable Me 2." Dark horse for an entry. Strong possible Golden Globe nominee.
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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.

ALSO IN CONTENTION

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)

 

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

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