The Academy generally does a good job of reserving at least one spot in their Best Animated Feature category for an international picture. This year, there is potential for a number of international films to break the top five. However, there are also a lot of Hollywood pictures that the Academy may want to boast.
Yes this category has its obligatory Pixar nominee. But what of the other four slots? I’ll tell you this much: there are many movies to pick from.
- Boss Baby
- The Breadwinner
- Loving Vincent
In the Hunt:
- Captain Underpants
- Despicable Me 3
- In This Corner of the World
- The LEGO Batman Movie
- Mary and the Witch’s Flower
My top five picks aren’t chosen based on perceived quality, mind you. Boss Baby and Ferdinand arguably should not be among the nominees. But I think that they are going to show up here. Ferdinand is more likely than Boss Baby due to recency of release, and neither of the two are front-runners.
They are also the two films among the five that have potential to be usurped. In some circles, LEGO Batman is favored over Boss Baby, but the Academy notably snubbed the original LEGO Movie despite that film’s overwhelming popularity.
Don’t worry about Coco, The Breadwinner, and Loving Vincent. They will be nominated without a doubt. But keep an eye out for the lesser-seen (yet still critically acclaimed) Mary and the Witch’s Flower, In this Corner of the World, and possibly even A Silent Voice. Captain Underpants, too (as silly as its title is), was a surprise critical hit when it was released last Summer.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)