Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Feature – Can ‘Belle’ Give GKIDS a Chance For Its First Statue?

Other contenders include "The Mitchells vs. the Machines," "Luca," "Encanto," "Flee" and "Sing 2."

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UPDATED: Oct 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: After playing at the Sundance, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, “Flee” could become the first film to be nominated in animated, documentary and international feature (if selected). Neon will even be angling for best picture attention as well.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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1 Luca Pixar 6/18/2021 Enrico Casarosa, Andrea Warren
2 The Mitchells vs The Machines Netflix 4/23/2021 Mike Rianda
3 Flee Neon 12/3/2021 Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen
4 Sing 2 Illumination Animation/Universal Pictures 12/22/2021 Garth Jennings
5 Belle GKIDS TBA Mamoru Hosada
6 Encanto Walt Disney Pictures 11/24/2021 Jared Bush, Byron Howard
7 Raya and the Last Dragon Walt Disney Pictures 3/5/2021 Osnat Shurer, Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
8 The Boss Baby: Family Business DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures 7/2/2021 Tom McGrath
9 Vivo Netflix 7/30/2021 Kirk DeMicco
10 Ron’s Gone Wrong 20th Century Studios 10/22/2021 Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine
Back to the Outback Netflix TBA To be added
Blazing Samurai STXfilms TBA Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier
Charlotte No U.S. Distribution Yet TBA To be added
Cryptozoo Magnolia Pictures 8/20/2021 Dash Shaw
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures TBA Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On No U.S. Distribution TBA Dean Fleischer-Camp, Jenny Slate
Paw Patrol: The Movie Paramount Pictures 8/20/2021 Cal Brunker
Space Jam: A New Legacy Warner Bros 7/12/2021 Malcolm D. Lee
Spirit Untamed Dreamworks Animation 6/4/2021 Elaine Bogan
The Addams Family 2 United Artists Releasing 10/1/2021 Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
The Summit of the Gods Netflix 11/24/2021 Jean-Charles Ostorero, Didier Brunner, Damien Brunner, Stéphan Roelants
Where is Anne Frank? No U.S. Distribution Yet TBA Ari Folman


The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. The animated feature category was introduced in 2001 when “Shrek” was the first awarded. Five animators 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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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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