2015 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: FEBRUARY 20, 2015) – FINAL WINNER PREDICTIONS

The BAFTA snub was ringing in my ears all week.  It’s the only thing I could hold against “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” plus it has the Globe power.  Then, I looked around my house and saw all the Dragon figurines, DVD set, score, and countless other things that were sent over the season and realized, “I guess its winning.”  “Big Hero 6” has the power to spoil, probably even “The Boxtrolls.”

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AND THE NOMINEES ARE

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1. How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks Animation
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Golden Globe winner. Big campaign, lots of money spent. Could be a no-brainer but the lack of BAFTA love gives pause.
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2. Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Pictures
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Disney has power and with "The LEGO Movie" out of the running, they juiced up their campaign. Could be a default pick for the Academy.
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3. The Boxtrolls

Laika/Focus Features
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Focus Features put a lot of money behind "The Theory of Everything" but didn't forget about this animated gem. Led the Annie nominations. Could sneak in at the last minute.
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4. The Tale of Princess Kaguya

GKIDS/Studio Ghibi
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COMMENTARY:
GKIDS does it again...Could they upset the films above?
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5. Song of the Sea

Cartoon Saloon/GKIDS
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GKIDS gets two of their ponies in the race. Could they snag a long overdue win?
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OTHER TOP-TIER MISSES

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6. The LEGO Movie

Warner Bros.
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I can't explain why it missed. Could have been a case of assuming it was safe or a mix of LIVE action that didn't sit right with the branch.
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7. Cheatin'

Plymptoons Studios
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FOR IT: Wildcard. Gorgeous animation. Dark horse that no one sees coming?

AGAINST IT: How many will see it?

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8. Rocks in my Pocket

Zeitgeist Films
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Wild card entry. Is it this year's "The Secret of Kells?"
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9. 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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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 MISSED

11 Penguins of Madagascar (20th Century Fox)

12 Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks Animation)

13 Planes: Fire & Rescue (Walt Disney Pictures)

14 Henry & Me (Reveal Animation Studios)

15 Giovanni’s Island (Warner Bros.)

OTHER MISSES

16 Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Europa Corp)

17 Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Le Pacte)

18 The Pirate Fairy – (Walt Disney Pictures)

19 The Hero of Color City (Magnolia Pictures)

20 Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (Clarius Entertainment)

 

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