A record 27 feature-length animated films have been submitted for the subgenre’s top honors at the Oscars. Indeed, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the list of films that have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category, and the competition looks to be rather fierce. Disney already has two frontrunners in the form of Zootopia, which garnered stellar reviews for its deft examination of prejudice and grossed $1 billion, and the upcoming Moana which has star-power (Dwayne Johnson!) and a musical soundtrack by Lin-Manuel Miranda—the Hamilton creator/star may very well EGOT at this year’s ceremony for his original song contributions.
There’s also Pixar’s Finding Dory, which is the second highest grossing film of the year, and DreamWorks Animation has Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls in the hunt. And, of course, Illumination Entertainment broke out of its Despicable Me bubble with the wildly successful The Secret Life of Pets and still has the crowd-pleasing Sing on the way. LAIKA always has a dog in the fight as well, and Kubo and the Two Strings is certainly the studio’s most ambitious effort yet.
And then there’s Sausage Party, the hard R-rated comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Annapurna Pictures and Sony are giving the film a genuine awards push to get it into the race and under serious consideration, so it’s possible we could be looking at a nomination there as well.
If I had to choose now I’d probably say Zootopia is the frontrunner, but November will introduce Moana and Sing properly, so things could get very interesting. Nomination-wise, this branch of the Academy likes to throw curveballs by including films like Boy & the World and Song of the Sea in addition to popular blockbuster fare. If I had to guess, I’d says Zootopia, Moana, and Finding Dory are the biggest bets in terms of nominations—Disney or Pixar has won 7 out of the last 10 years—but I’ll admit there are plenty on this list I still haven’t seen.
Take a look at all 27 eligible films below, and sound off with your predictions/favorites in the comments. Nominations are announced on January 24th and the Oscar ceremony is on February 26th.
The Angry Birds Movie
April and the Extraordinary World
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Long Way North
Mokney King: Hero Is Back
Mustafa & the Magician
My Life as a Zucchni
The Red Turtle
The Secret Life of Pets