2016 Oscar Predictions – Best Animated Feature

2016 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

(UPDATED: FEBRUARY 24, 2016) – FINAL

Is there anything that can top “Inside Out” at this point, especially with the Best Original Screenplay nomination to boot?  “Anomalisa” has a nice push from Paramount Pictures but I would keep a close eye on “When Marnie Was There” for a potential upset (though super duper unlikely).

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AND THE NOMINEES ARE

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1. "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. GG nominee.
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2. "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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3. "Anomalisa"

Paramount Pictures
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Paramount Pictures picked it up for a late 2015 release. They loved it at Telluride. Could be a dark horse for the win. GG nominee.
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4. "Shaun the Sheep Movie"

Lionsgate
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Stop motion animation that can get the attention of the branch. Golden Globe nomination.
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5. "Boy & the World"

GKIDS
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Another GKIDS possibility that has some very loud lovers in its corner. GKIDS is headed for a win very soon.

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TOP-TIER MISSES

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6. "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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7. "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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8. "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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9. "Minions"

Universal Pictures
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Made a ton of money and AMPAS took the bite for "Despicable Me 2." Dark horse for an entry. Strong possible Golden Globe nominee.
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10. "Home"

20th Century Fox
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Reviews weren't THAT good but it made an impressive bank. Could wiggle its way in.

ALSO MISSED

11 “Hotel Transylvania 2″ (Columbia Pictures)

12 “The Boy and the Beast” (GKIDS)

13 “Moomins on the Riviera” (GKIDS)

14 “The Laws of the Universe – Part 0” (Eleven Arts)

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

 

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  • Mister Man

    A lot of this is dependent on how reviews look when the movies are released, but I’m thinking the nominees will be:

    – The Boxtrolls (Laika, USA)
    – The Congress (Drafthouse FIlms, Israel-France)
    – The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros., USA)
    – Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon, Ireland)
    – The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Studio Ghibli, Japan)

    Whaaaat? A list without a DreamWorks or Disney film? Preposterous!

    Actually, I’m banking on the Academy’s track record with superhero films and sequels going into this one. As I said, it’s all dependent on how well each film is received, but I’m thinking the Academy will eat the foreign fare up this year.

    Isao Takahata’s often considered second only to Miyazaki when it comes to animation in Japan, and with The Tale of Princess Kaguya being his first film in almost 15 years, it would be hard to not see it get the nomination.

    Song of the Sea is from Tomm Moore, who was nominated for Best Animated Feature for his directorial debut, The Secret of Kells. The Congress is directed by Ari Folman, nominated for Best Documentary Film for his animated feature debut, Waltz With Bashir. Both critically acclaimed, both making sophomore films, it will be interesting to see how they are received in the U.S.

    If any of these are switched up, I’d say Congress will get bumped for either Big Hero 6 or HTTYD2. And all this isn’t even counting independent releases such as Yellowbird, which has work by Benjamin Renner in it (director of last year’s nominated Ernest & Celestine), and Moomins on the Riviera, based on the popular children’s comic series.

    It should definitely be an interesting race this year, to say the least.

  • Tiffany Herring

    I have a feeling that The Boxtrolls will win best animated picture. Stop motion is crazy hard to do (speaking as a stop motion animator myself) and Laika makes the most advanced stop motion ive ever seen. Laika DESERVES an Oscar

  • Austin

    What is the Academy’s grudge against stop-motion animation

  • Still think Boxtrolls can win despite not having as high of a reception as the previous Laika movies?

  • Yeah yeah yeah. Pixar for #Oscars. 😉