2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: AUGUST 7, 2015)

Inside Out” has become one of the summer’s biggest hits and people love it.  Pixar will be back later this year with “The Good Dinosaur” that despite production troubles, could still be something substantial.  “The Little Prince” has some early fans that can make some headway with the branch.  I’d also not count out “Home,” which was a financial success despite mixed praise.

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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. "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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6. "Shaun the Sheep Movie"

Aardman
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Stop motion animation that can get the attention of the branch.
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7. "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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8. "Kung Fu Panda 3"

DreamWorks Animation
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Because they're still making these.
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9. "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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10. "Storks"

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

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 “Minions” (Universal Pictures)

12 “Hotel Transylvania 2″ (Columbia Pictures)

13 “Zarafa” (GKids)

14 “Underdogs” (The Weinstein Company)

15 “Ratchet & Clank” (Rainmaker Entertainment)

16 “Monster Trucks” (Warner Bros.)

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

17 “Robodog” (Marza Animated Planet)

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

19 “The Boy and the World” (GKids)

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

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

22 “Strange Magic” (Lucasfilm)

 

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