Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Feature – Can ‘Belle’ Give GKIDS a Chance For Its First Statue?

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

UPDATED: Oct 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: After playing at the Sundance, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, “Flee” could become the first film to be nominated in animated, documentary and international feature (if selected). Neon will even be angling for best picture attention as well.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, March 27, 2022.

Awards Season Calendar (2021-2022)

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

RANK

FILM

STUDIO

RELEASE

DIRECTOR(S) & PRODUCER(S)

1

Luca

Pixar

6/18/2021

Enrico Casarosa, Andrea Warren

2

The Mitchells vs The Machines

Netflix

4/23/2021

Mike Rianda

3

Flee

Neon

12/3/2021

Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen

4

Sing 2

Illumination Animation/Universal Pictures

12/22/2021

Garth Jennings

5

Belle

GKIDS

TBA

Mamoru Hosada

NEXT IN LINE

6

Encanto

Walt Disney Pictures

11/24/2021

Jared Bush, Byron Howard

7

Raya and the Last Dragon

Walt Disney Pictures

3/5/2021

Osnat Shurer, Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada

8

The Boss Baby: Family Business

DreamWorks Animation / Universal Pictures

7/2/2021

Tom McGrath

9

Vivo

Netflix

7/30/2021

Kirk DeMicco

10

Ron’s Gone Wrong

20th Century Studios

10/22/2021

Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine

UNRANKED LISTING

Back to the Outback

Netflix

TBA

To be added

Blazing Samurai

STXfilms

TBA

Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier

Charlotte

No U.S. Distribution Yet

TBA

To be added

Cryptozoo

Magnolia Pictures

8/20/2021

Dash Shaw

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures

TBA

Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

No U.S. Distribution

TBA

Dean Fleischer-Camp, Jenny Slate

Paw Patrol: The Movie

Paramount Pictures

8/20/2021

Cal Brunker

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Warner Bros

7/12/2021

Malcolm D. Lee

Spirit Untamed

Dreamworks Animation

6/4/2021

Elaine Bogan

The Addams Family 2

United Artists Releasing

10/1/2021

Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

The Summit of the Gods

Netflix

11/24/2021

Jean-Charles Ostorero, Didier Brunner, Damien Brunner, Stéphan Roelants

Where is Anne Frank?

No U.S. Distribution Yet

TBA

Ari Folman

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Animated Feature)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. The animated feature category was introduced in 2001 when “Shrek” was the first awarded. Five animators have won this award twice: Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Bird and Docter are also among the most nominated with three, along with Ron Clements, Dean DeBlois, Travis Knight, Hayao Miyazaki, Rich Moore and Chris Sanders.

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

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