2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014)

So many of these are going to get either pushed back or not qualify.  It’s safe to put your money on “The Lego Movie” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ to make the cut.  Without any screenings yet, “Big Hero 6″ has the Disney factor.   The early word for “The Boxtrolls” is also positive.  We’ll see.

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

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1. Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Pictures
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FOR IT: The Disney train is a never stopping machine that will continue to push for their films. Promising first trailer. With Pixar out of the mix this year, they may be able to continue their success following "Frozen" last year.

AGAINST IT: It could have big competition coming from "The Lego Movie" and "How to Train Your Dragon" which both have many admirers.

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2. The Boxtrolls

Laika/Focus Features
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FOR IT: Based on a popular book, this gorgeous looking film, at least based on the trailer, looks to be a true contender..

AGAINST IT: Coming out in September, and with "Lego" and "Dragon" hitting highs with box office and critics, it could get lost in the shuffle.

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3. The Lego Movie

Warner Bros.
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FOR IT: So many people, including myself, were surprised by how good the film turned out to be. The animation, story, and voice talent stands out as one of the best films of the first half of the year.

AGAINST IT: That February release date is SOOOO early, plus, the film is already on Blu-Ray/DVD. Will voters remember it?

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4. How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation
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FOR IT: There were many admirers of the first film, which garnered an Academy Award nomination. Critics and audiences seem to like this just as much, if not, better.

AGAINST IT: Personally speaking, it doesn't live up to the first film however, it's nowhere near a failure. "Toy Story 3" is the only sequel to win the Animated Feature Oscar without winning for the original, and the category wasn't in existence at that time.

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5. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

GKIDS/Studio Ghibi
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FOR IT: There is often a foreign/wildcard animated film in the mix. GKIDS has proven to be a force that the Academy loves.

AGAINST IT: It has an undetermined limited release at the moment. The Academy at large may not sit to watch it.

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6. The Book of LIfe

Sony Pictures Animation
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FOR IT: Sony Pictures does a great job pushing their films and they're aching for a long overdue win in several categories. This is one of them.

AGAINST IT: This branch tends to go with big, bombastic animation but they need a big following. There's no telling if this film will have that.

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7. Song of the Sea

Cartoon Saloon/GKids
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FOR IT: Wildcard possibility. Stills are gorgeous.

AGAINST IT: How many will see it?

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8. The Penguins of Madagascar

20th Century Fox
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FOR IT: The 'Madagascar' films are popular with audiences. If this makes money, who knows what can happen.

AGAINST IT: They've passed on all the films so far. There's no reason to go for a spinoff.

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9. Pinocchio

No U.S. Distribution
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FOR IT:Guillermo del Toro directing a darker re-interpretation of the classic story. I'm intrigued.

AGAINST IT: Will it come out in time?

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10. Rio 2

BlueSky Studios
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FOR IT: The first one made an ungodly amount of money and managed an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

AGAINST IT: It's very uncommon for a first film NOT to be nominated for Animated Feature and then become a nominee later.

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ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 Boonie Bears: To the Rescue - No U.S. Distribution

12 The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Europa Corp.

13 Canine Team – Gussi Films

14 El Americano: The Movie – No U.S. Distribution

15 The Canterville Ghost - No U.S. Distribution

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

16 Foosball - No U.S. Distribution

17 Mr. Peabody & Sherman – DreamWorks Animation

18 The Pirate Fairy – Walt Disney Pictures

19 The 7th Dwarf – No U.S. Distribution

20 Tanta Hilda! - No U.S. Distribution

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