That is…if you believe Pixar is an insurmountable force.
The Nominees – Best Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
Will Win: Coco
Could Win: The Breadwinner or Loving Vincent
Should Win: Coco
The Best Animated Feature category is a three-horse race through and through. Ferdinand has the benefit of recency bias, but there is little chance that it will stand up to the likes of Coco.
The Boss Baby is the throw-in fifth entry to the bunch, a film that could have easily been replaced by Despicable Me 3 or Captain Underpants: The First Adventure or Mary and the Witch’s Flower or In this Corner of the World.
The triumvirate of Coco, Loving Vincent, and The Breadwinner are the real candidates in this field. Coco is the most obvious and safe pick. It is a Pixar film released in November with essentially universal acclaim.
Although they are lesser-seen than Coco, The Breadwinner and Loving Vincent are also lauded films in their own right. Loving Vincent could take the award for its groundbreaking undertaking, in which over a hundred artists broke their backs to recreate van Gogh’s works in animated form. The story is a bit sparse, though, rendering the film itself rather forgettable.
I have an inkling that Ferdinand and The Boss Baby will fail to appear at the Academy Awards’ table. But an upset win at the Globes could change that. It is not likely, but anything is possible.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)