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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

UPDATED: OCt. 22, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Could Netflix overtake Pixar on the home turf this year? “Over the Moon” has the goods to be able to do so but the reaction for “Soul” in London was very strong. We could have a big battle coming and then there’s “Wolfwalkers” that continues to rise.

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


Wolfwalkers

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo Credit: DreamWorks Animati

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Connected" (Sony Pictures Animation)†
    Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Mike Rianda

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

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

  4. "Rumble" (Paramount Pictures)
    Hamish Grieve, Mark Bakshi, Brad Booker

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

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Courtesy of Chris Johnson

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Wish Dragon" (Sony Pictures)
    Chris Appelhans, Chris Bremble, Aron Warner, Jackie Chan, Qi Jianhong

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

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

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

  5. "Brightheart" (TriCoast Worldwide)†
    Weifeng Deng, Astrid Wang, Yunfei Wang, Brett Zharig

  6. "Scoob!" (Warner Bros.)
    Tony Cervone, Pam Coats, Allison Abbate

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Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "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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