2016 Let’s Predict: Best Animated Feature

First of all, I have to apologize. I said that I was going to do an article on Best Cinematography, and it was supposed to be out yesterday. Then the ASC shocked the world by awarding Lion, which caused me to rethink the entire category.

Also, I’m sorry I didn’t have this up yesterday. I don’t have a good excuse but I’ll try to make up for it with two articles today. Let’s start out with Best Animated Feature.

5th Most Likely To Win: My Life As A Zucchini

Every year, we get these foreign indie films that pop in that don’t have any real chance at winning the Oscar. Granted, this film probably just missed out on a Foreign Film nomination, which shows that it has supporters, but I doubt that enough voters have even seen the film.

4th Most Likely To Win: The Red Turtle

This is also a film that not a lot of people have seen. But those who have seen it have given it amazing reviews. In a weaker year, maybe this film would stand more of a chance, but I just don’t see how it competes when the competition looks like this.

3rd Most Likely To Win: Moana

I really don’t know how many people really see this film as the best animated film of the year. It definitely made money, and it got good reviews. But this category is a two way horse race, and Moana just doesn’t seem to be a contender.

But then again, it did get an Original Song nomination, and there’s even a chance it could end up winning that category. Maybe we shouldn’t rule this one out completely…

2nd Most Likely To Win: Kubo & The Two Strings

This could very easily happen. The film is nominated for Visual Effects, and for a minute there it looked like it could get on for Costume Design or Score. The people who support this film are serious about their love for this movie, and it did just win three Annie Awards.

And believe me, I get that it can be frustrating to see Disney and/or Pixar win this award every year. And Laika has probably earned one of these by now. And a lot of Critics Awards have given this film the win.

But…

MY OFFICIAL PREDICTION IS;

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Zootopia

All year, I’ve been screaming for this film to get attention in the Best Picture category. But unfortunately, it all fell on deaf ears. It might be the most important film of the year, displaying racial prejudice in a way that both kids and adults can understand it better. And now that our new president is more cartoony than any of the characters from this film, that message is exactly what we need right now.

Outside of winning the Annie, Globe, and Critic’s Choice Award, it also got an AFI Top Ten Mention. And here’s some food for thought, the Gold Derby awards and Awards Circuit Community Awards both included the film in their Best Picture lineup. Both of those are voted by the online community. In short, people recognize that this is one of the year’s greatest films, but the Academy doesn’t want to admit it.

I have to hold on hope that one day we will see an animated film win the Oscar for Best Picture. In the meantime, let’s just make sure that Zootopia doesn’t walk away empty handed.


I put the remaining Oscar categories into an online randomizer and I got Sound Mixing. Guess I’ll be doing that one later today.

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