Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Feature – Pixar vs. Streamers?

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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The race for animated feature has typically been tied to a huge box office but in this age of the pandemic, many have opted for VOD and/or streaming for their launches. Pixar will look to be on top again one year after “Toy Story 4” but Netflix, Apple TV and others are looking to spoil the party. Per the Academy rules, there also may not be enough eligibilities to warrant five nominees in the category.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Soul"(Pixar)
    Pete Docter, Dana Murray

  2. "Over the Moon"(Netflix)
    Glen Keane, Peilin Chou, Gennie Rim

  3. "Onward"(Pixar)
    Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

  4. "Wolfwalkers"(Apple TV Plus/GKIDS)
    Stéphan Roelants, Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young, Nora Twomey

  5. "The Croods: A New Age"(Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation)
    Mark Swift, Joel Crawford

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Tom and Jerry"(Warner Bros.) – Tim Story, Christopher DeFaria†

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects, and writers.

 

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