2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
(UPDATED: MARCH 21, 2015)
Last year didn’t present a strong crop of Animated Feature contenders though the final five were all respectable, and the inexcusable snub of “The LEGO Movie” lingered hard. I’m waiting for a true, cutthroat animated film race from the jump, where ten or more contenders are worthy of a nomination. This year, the American cinema landscape doesn’t present too many possibilities. With films like “Strange Magic” and “The SpongeBob Movie” out already, they didn’t really present a compelling case for a nomination, let alone a win.
Disney/Pixar will have two strong contenders in their midst with “Inside Out” in June and then “The Good Dinosaur” in November. Charlie Brown is a beloved staple of childhoods everywhere and the upcoming “Peanuts Movie” movie looks as good as can be. I wonder if it ends up landing a la “Winnie the Pooh” a few years back.
Paramount Pictures has “Monster Trucks” on Christmas with an undisclosed plot. Could be an X-factor. Warner Bros. also has an unknown in “Storks” said to be due out sometime this year.
“Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2″ made barrels of money during their runs and “Minions” should be able to attract the same audience and reactions. It’s probably a dark horse footage unseen.
GKids landed two nominations again last year with “The Tales of Princess Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea.” They have contenders in “When Marnie Was There,” “The Boy and the World,” and “Zarafa” this year which could present an opportunity for the studio to snag its first win.
AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE
1. The Good DinosaurDisney/Pixar
2. Inside OutDisney/Pixar
3. The Peanuts Movie20th Century Fox
4. MinionsUniversal Pictures
OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS
6. StorksWarner Bros.
8. When Marnie Was ThereGKIDS
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