Oscars 2015 Category Breakdown: Best Animated Feature
Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.
How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.
Today is Best Animated Feature. Also known is, “Is Pixar winning this year, or Disney?” (Hint: It’s probably Pixar.)
|Year||Best Animated Feature Winners||Other Nominees|
|2001||Shrek||Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
|2002||Spirited Away||Ice Age
Lilo & Stitch
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
|2003||Finding Nemo||Brother Bear
The Triplets of Belleville
|2004||The Incredibles||Shark Tale
|2005||Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit||Corpse Bride
Howl’s Moving Castle
Kung Fu Panda
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
|2010||Toy Story 3||How to Train Your Dragon
|2011||Rango||A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
The Wind Rises
|2014||Big Hero 6||The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
This year is the 15th Best Animated Feature category.
So far, of the 14 times the award has been given out, Pixar has won 7 times, Disney has won twice, Miyazaki won once, DreamWorks won twice, Warner Bros. once, and Paramount once.
The trend of the past few years has been “Fuck Pixar,” and “Fuck the movie everyone loved. We like real animation.” Which I’m okay with.
This year had frontrunners all the way, and in the end, they took off the weaker of the two Pixar nominees and the cute but otherwise generic CGI animated film in favor of two hand-drawn animated films. And I’m getting more and more respect for this branch with each passing year because they certainly like to make things interesting. They nominate what they have to nominate (meaning, the best of the bunch), and they really pay attention to the craft of animation. Good for them.
Oh, and this category is beyond locked. So you get to have a category with artistic integrity and get it right without a second thought. That’s a double win.
Best Animated Feature
Boy and the World
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There
The Good Dinosaur and The Peanuts Movie were thought to be nominees, but the animation branch again goes with the more interesting, hand-drawn options. Which is nice, especially since there’s no way Pixar is losing this.
5. Boy and the World — this was a surprise nominee, and no one even knows what this is. At best this gets 1-2% of the overall vote. No chance. It is lovely, though.
4. When Marnie Was There — Ghibli is great, that might get it some votes, but we’re still looking at 5% or less. They barely get nominated, and it’s even more difficult for a non-Miyazaki movie. No chance this wins.
3. Shaun the Sheep Movie — this is a lot of people’s favorite animated film of the year. But it still has no chance. They’ve only won once, for Wallace and Gromit, but they constantly get nominated. This won’t win at all.
2. Anomalisa — A lot of people will vote for this, and it will make a respectable showing, but not enough to even consider it a possible upset winner. I’d love to see it, but it won’t happen.
1. Inside Out — Pixar has this shit on lock. They’ve won this category for a lesser film. There’s no way they’re losing for this, which is probably one of their three or four best films of all time. This is a lock among all locks.
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Tomorrow is Best Sound Mixing. And I know we’re all just so excited for me to explain the difference between Editing and Mixing once more.