Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature
I’m going to try to stretch these predictions out, posting each category (or at least the major ones) in a separate post leading up to the ceremony on March 7. This will give me an opportunity to discuss each category at some length without making one nauseatingly long post.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Princess and the Frog
- The Secret of Kells
Of the nominees, I have only seen two (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Up) and I don’t think it would be irrational to say that those two are the only ones with a real shot at winning.
Pixar has always done quite well here, with Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL-E all winning the award since the category’s inception in 2001. With Up also garnering a “Best Picture” nomination (and five total) this year, it has to be considered the frontrunner.
I would give the personal edge to Fantastic Mr. Fox as I enjoyed it ever so slightly more than Up. It has a cool look and did something a little different from what we are used to seeing from animated movies. Although its characters consisted of foxes, badgers, moles and other creatures, I thought it had much more of a human element to it than Up did. It touched on some real family issues and portrayed them more accurately and realistically than Up did, even though Up‘s main character happened to be a human being.
Fox is sure to have its contingency of devoted backers, but Up is just to much of a beloved fan favorite to be stopped. It has wide appeal, and surely has captured the votes of the older Oscar voters. The only way I see Fox winning is if the Academy decides that Up‘s “Best Picture” nomination is enough of an award already. There’s just no way of knowing if that will be the case because an animated film has never before been nominated for “Best Picture” since the separate category was added.