The Animated Feature race is always fascinating to me, not least of which because half of the submission list comes from international entries. Personally, I think that every category should be that way, since there are, after all, a whole world worth of actors, directors, costume designers and all out there.
This year the top competition comes from Disney’s yet to be released Frozen and Hayao Miyazaki’s final work The Wind Rises, with Pixar’s Monsters University feeling like a close third. I’ll be closely following Frozen’s reception and box office when it opens during the U.S.’s Thanksgiving weekend, but for now I’m thinking that the sentimental vote will propel Miyazaki’s swan song to the win.
1. Hayao Miyazaki for The Wind Rises (Predicted Winner)
2. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee for Frozen
3. Dan Scanlon for Monsters University
4. Stephanie Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner for Ernest & Celestine
5. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders for The Croods
6. Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud for Despicable Me 2
7. Hiroyuki Okiura for A Letter To Momo
8. Chris Wedge for Epic
9. Fernando Cortizo for The Apostle
10. Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn for Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2
11. Luiz Bolognesi for Rio 2069: A Story Of Love And Fury
12. Nancy Florence Savard for The Legend Of Sarila
13. David Soren for Turbo
14. Sang-ho Yeon for The Fake
15. Jimmy Hayward for Free Birds
16. Anthony Silverston for Khumba
17. Klay Hall for Planes
18. Yukihiro Miyamoto and Akiyuki Shinbo for Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion
19. Raja Gosnell for The Smurfs 2
As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!
See Animated Feature predictions for other years HERE.
If you’re really into animation, check out the Animated Shorts also.
See predictions for other categories at the 86th Oscars HERE.