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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Gorō Miyazaki, the son of the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away”), is coming with his third directorial feature and Studio Ghibli’s first CGI animated film. If that doesn’t get you excited enough, there are early rumors that this is something to highly anticipate in the quality sector. Apple TV Plus and GKIDS partnered on “Wolfwalkers” and we’re starting to wonder that if this could be a year where the group finally gets its animated due?

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


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Earwig and the Witch Photo courtesy of Studio Ghibli

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

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

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

  3. "Earwig and the Witch" (Studio Ghibli)
    Gorô Miyazaki

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

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

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DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls: World Tour” Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animati

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Trolls: World Tour" (Universal Pictures)
    Walt Dohrn, Gina Shay

  2. "The Croods: A New Age" (DreamWorks Animation)
    Joel Crawford

  3. "Lupin III: The First" (GKIDS)†
    Takashi Yamazaki, Takeshi Ito, Naoaki Kitajima, Koji Nozaki

  4. "Demonslayer" (Funimation)
    Haruo Sotozaki

  5. "Bombay Rose" (Netflix)
    Gitanjali Rao

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“A Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon” Chris Johnson

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "The Willoughbys" (Netflix)
    Kris Pearn, Brenda Gilbert, Luke Carroll

  2. "A Whisker Away" (Netflix)
    Satô Jun’ichi, Shibayama Tomotaka

  3. "A Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon" (Netflix)
    Richard Phelan, Will Becher

  4. "On-Gaku: Our Sound" (GKIDS)†
    Kenji Iwaisawa

  5. "Ride Your Wave" (GKIDS)†
    Masaaki Yuasa

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Scoob! Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Brightheart" (TriCoast Entertainment) – Weifeng Deng, Astrid Wang, Yunfei Wang, Brett Zharig†
  • "Kill It And Leave This Town" (Outside Pictures) – Mariusz Wilczynski
  • "Scoob!" (Warner Bros.) – Tony Cervone, Pam Coats, Allison Abbate
  • "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (Paramount Pictures) – Tim Hill, Ryan Haris

† = 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 animated feature category was introduced in 2001 when “Shrek” was the first awarded. There are five animators that have won this award twice: Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Bird and Docter are also among the most nominated with three, along with Ron Clements, Dean DeBlois, Travis Knight, Hayao Miyazaki, Rich Moore and Chris Sanders.

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