So, we officially have 20 animated films submitted to Oscar this year, which means that we will have five nominees! I really wish that this kind of thing would happen in years where the pool is deep with really deserving films.
But alas, here we have the list:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Henry & Me
The Hero of Color City
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
The Lego Movie
Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Penguins of Madagascar
The Pirate Fairy
Planes: Fire & Rescue
Rocks in My Pockets
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
We can pretty much eliminate like all of this list already, so predicting the final 5-7 is pretty simple.
But there is more! The shortlist for Oscar's Animated Short Film has been released!
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Symphony No. 42
Of these, the only one that I've found available is Duet, which is stunning. Beautifully animated, swift and to the narrative point, but it lingers thanks to the beautiful message, delicate scoring and powerfully subtle artwork. If the rest on this list are half as good, it's going to be a great Oscar race!