Best Guesses for the Animation Oscar Races
Sony's hit is really on the bubble, but the love is growing. What a great time to peak. Sony is pushing hard for this nomination and they've done it before. Surf's Up was a big surprise, so you can't count Sony out of this race.
Another person who you can't count out of the Best Animated Feature category is Hayao Miyazaki. Ever since the category was created, he has been nominated for his latest film. He's won in the past and his status as a living legend won't hurt his chances. As for Ponyo itself, the buzz is luke warm and the youth-skewed story will not help keep it in the minds of voters over more in-your-face productions.
One cannot count out Oscars' love for the cash makers. This global phenomenon earned $196.6 million in the States and it's staggering $682.2 million foreign market haul puts it only behind Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in the history books. That's crazy success. But where's the love? While everyone apparently paid money to see it, they have forgotten about it come award season. But I'm sure Fox will remedy that problem. And everyone loves Scrat.
This DreamWorks spoof actually did better at the U.S. box office than Ice Age 3. But again, where's the love? DreamWorks is pushing, but they're going to need marketing muscle more akin to Insectosaurus rather than Dr. Cockroach to make the final cut.