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UPDATED: July 28, 2022



Netflix could have the goods this year with “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” and “Wendell & Wild” from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele and Henry Selick of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” royalty.

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2022 category winner: “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)


And The Predicted Nominees Are:
Rank Film Eligible Director(s) and Producer(s) Distributor
1 “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” Guillermo del Toro, Alexander Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, Lisa Henson, Gary Ungar Netflix
A darker version of the classic children’s fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy.
2 “Strange World” Don Hall, Roy Conli Walt Disney Pictures
The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threatened to topple their latest and most crucial mission.
3 “Wendell & Wild” Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jordan Peele, Henry Selick Netflix
Two scheming demon brothers, Wendell and Wild, must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raul. However, Raul cannot see them so Kat helps Wendell and Wild to help him.
4 “Lightyear” Angus MacLane, Galyn Susman Pixar
While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.
5 “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” Dean Fleischer-Camp, Andrew Goldman, Elisabeth Holm, Caroline Kaplan, Terry Leonard, Paul Mezey A24
Feature adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusk named Marcel.
Next in Line
6 “Turning Red” Lindsey Collins, Domee Shi Pixar
A 13-year-old girl named Meilin turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
7 “Luck” John Lasseter, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, David Eisenmann, Peggy Holmes Apple Original Films/Skydance
The curtain is pulled back on the millennia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects everyday lives.
8 “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” Mark Swift DreamWorks Animation
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burned through eight of his nine lives. Puss sets out on an epic journey to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.
9 “Inu-Oh” Eunyoung Choi, Fumie Takeuchi, Masaaki Yuasa GKIDS
A fictionalized depiction of the life of Inu-oh (“King Dog”), a 14th-century Japanese performer of music drama at the time of its transition from the folk art of sarugaku (“monkey music”) into the formalized traditions of Noh and kyôgen.
10 “Minions: The Rise of Gru” Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, Chris Renaud Universal Pictures/Illumination
The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.
Other Top-Tier Contenders
11 “The Sea Beast” Jed Schlanger, Chris Williams Netflix
12 “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile” Josh Gordon, Hutch Parker, Will Speck Sony Pictures
13 “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman, George Chang, Janelle Momary, Nora Smith 20th Century Studios
14 “Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood” Richard Linklater, Mike Blizzard, Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix Netflix
15 “The Bad Guys” Rebecca Huntley, Damon Ross Universal Pictures
16 “Scrooge: A Christmas Carol” Ralph Kamp, Stephen Donnelly Netflix
17 “My Father’s Dragon” Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Paul Young Netflix
18 “Drifting Home” Koji Yamamoto Netflix
19 “DC League of Super-Pets” Patricia Hicks, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Jared Stern Warner Bros.
20 “Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank” Guy Collins, Yair Landau, Rob Minkoff, Adam Nagle, Peter Nagle, Susan Purcell, Damien Simonklein, Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier Paramount Pictures
All Contenders Listed (Unranked-Alphabetical)
“Fireheart” To be added Hulu
“Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” To be added Amazon Studios
“Knor” To be added No U.S. Distribution
“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” Mark Mertens, Andy Suriano Netflix
“Suzume no tojimari” To be added To be added

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