Sunday, April 11, 2021

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Animated Feature

The competition: Onward, Over the Moon, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Soul, Wolfwalkers

Previous winners: Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Coco, Zootopia, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Brave, Rango, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Happy Feet, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Spirited Away, Shrek
My winner: Coming soon
The facts: Only one sequel is nominated this year, and the original “Shaun the Sheep Movie” contended in 2015. That’s the fourth nomination for Aardman, which won in 2005 for “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The only sequels that have every won were “Toy Story 3” and “Toy Story 4” (last year). Representing Pixar, which has won ten times out of thirteen nominations, are both “Onward” and “Soul.” From Cartoon Saloon, which has three previous nominations, comes “Wolfwalkers,” and “Over the Moon” is the second consecutive bid for Netflix, which was nominated last year for “Klaus.” Whereas last year, numerous films won precursors, “Soul” has been relatively dominant, and is expected to win the Annie Award later this week, where all but “Over the Moon” contend for top awards. The only film with a nomination in any other category is “Soul,” which contends for its score and sound.
Who should win: I’m totally fine with “Soul” winning, though I’d be thrilled if it was either “Wolfwalkers” or “Over the Moon.”
Who will win: This award is going to Soul.

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