2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

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.

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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.
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2. Inside Out

Disney/Pixar
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Another Pixar film in the mix and it looks absolutely delightful. Will it be a Pixar vs. Pixar race?
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3. 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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4. Minions

Universal Pictures
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Could be a no-brainer for a nomination judging on the reception to the 'Despicable Me' films.
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5. Monster Trucks

Warner Bros.
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An unknown factor in the race. We have to wait on the plot, images, trailer, etc.

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6. Storks

Warner Bros.
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Another unknown factor in the race that could surprise with Warner Bros..
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7. Robo-dog

Marza Animated Planet
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Could a cute, mechanical dog make his way to the stage?
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8. 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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9. Underdogs

The Weinstein Company
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The power Harvey could do the trick.
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10. Home

20th Century Fox
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Early reviews aren't very positive but you never know what money can do in the race.

ALSO IN CONTENTION

11 Hotel Transylvania 2 (Columbia Pictures)

12 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Paramount Pictures)

13 Zarafa (GKids)

14 The Boy and the World (GKids)

15 Ratchet & Clank (Rainmaker Entertainment)

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

16 El Americano: The Movie (Animex Producciones)

17 Maya the Bee Movie (Shout! Factory)

18 Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (No U.S. Distribution)

19 Shaun the Sheep Movie (StudioCanal)

20 Capture the Flag (No U.S. Distribution)

21 Strange Magic (Lucasfilm)

 

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