2015 OSCAR PREDICTIONS: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
(UPDATED: JANUARY 25, 2015)
No “Lego Movie.” Just insane. “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ has the National Board of Review with the Golden Globe behind it. Walt Disney is gearing up for a serious leap for “Big Hero 6″ while “The Boxtrolls” remains a formidable spoiler.
AND THE NOMINEES ARE
1. Big Hero 6 Walt Disney Pictures
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.
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 DreamWorks Animation
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. NBR winner.
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.
3. The Boxtrolls Laika/Focus Features
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.
4. The Tale of Princess Kaguya GKIDS/Studio Ghibi
GKIDS does it again...Could they upset the films above?
5. Song of the Sea Cartoon Saloon/GKIDS
GKIDS gets two of their ponies in the race. Could they snag a long overdue win?
OTHER TOP-TIER MISSES
6. The LEGO Movie Warner Bros.
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.
7. Cheatin' Plymptoons Studios
FOR IT: Wildcard. Gorgeous animation. Dark horse that no one sees coming?
AGAINST IT: How many will see it?
8. Rocks in my Pocket Zeitgeist Films
Wild card entry. Is it this year's "The Secret of Kells?"
9. The Book of Life Sony Pictures Animation
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.
10. Rio 2 BlueSky Studios
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.
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.)
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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