Best Guesses for the Animation Oscar Races
As the December chill sets in and people sit curled up on the couch with a nice cup of hot chocolate, invariable their thoughts will come to "Who's going to be nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar?" Well, AWN is here to help answer that question with some wonderful educated guesses. Our learned staff has pooled our collective brainpower to gauge the buzz around the industry and distill it into an easy-to-read list. While we're not saying it's as valuable as other lists, like the Bill of Rights, or even your holiday shopping list, we think it's pretty good nonetheless.
1) Up (Disney-Pixar)
It's no surprise that the latest Pixar film is a shoo-in for a nomination (or even the win). The real question left to be revealed is whether it will make the Big Show of 10 Best Picture nominees, where Pete Docter has more of a chance of winning a door prize at the Governor's Ball than beating out nine other "actors-in-the-flesh" productions. Nonetheless, the acknowledgement of animation would be spectacular even if they had to double the amount of nominees to make it happen again.
John Musker and Ron Clements are the go-to guys when you want someone to revive a dying medium. With this new 2D production, they have brought a touch of class back to Walt Disney Feature Animation and it will rightfully be honored come nomination day.
Henry Selick's latest dark stop-motion affair has a great deal of love around the industry. Just look at it's leading 10 nominations at this year's Annie Awards. While the Annies predict Oscars about as accurately as a 1-800 psychic predicts whether I'm going to win an Oscar or not, the love does prove something. One can pretty much consider #1-3 locks.
This is where those educated guesses really start to kick in. There is also a lot of love for this quirky stop-motion flick. Those that say its indie auteur director Wes Anderson won't get love in the animation branch forget that George Miller received no slights for being an animation novice when he soft-shoed his way to an Oscar for Happy Feet. The snobbery over the style has died down, so it boils down to whether this oft kilter adaptation of Roald Dahl will connect with enough older Academy voters to make the cut.