Oscars Week: Best Animated Film

Emotionally, among peers and friends, the race for Best Animated Feature Film is a heated one; Pixar and Disney are always popular favorites to win, and usually take home the prize. A common complaint is that Oscar voters will vote for what they’ve seen, and having to take their children and grandchildren to Frozen is likely to result in a vote, since no one is forced to see Song of the Sea.

Of course, Shrek won in 2001 (its Disney/Pixar counterpart was Monsters, Inc.) and Spirited Away won in 2002 (versus Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet).

And the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film are:

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There

I haven’t seen any of this year’s films. (Usually I’ve seen all of the animated nominees.) It would be nice if Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion, R-rated feature dethroned Inside Out, this year’s emotionally manipulative entry from Pixar. But Anomalisa has a reputation for being “weird,” and there’s something the Academy hates, it’s weird. Would it be great if the Academy honored a film all about girls and gave the statue to the so-sad-I-can’t-see-it (I’m still recovering from The Wind RisesWhen Marnie Was There? Absolutely! But with Frozen and Brave winning, that might be too much to ask.

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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