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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the
86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are
announced.

It looks like Disney Animation will finally win an Oscar in this category with “Frozen,” a massive commercial and critical hit that seems like a pretty sure thing unless they really want to give Hayao Miyazaki — who took back saying this was his last film — another one for “The Wind Rises.”

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Will win: “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Could win: “The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Should win: “The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki
Shoulda been here: N/A

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Comments

Megan

In my opinion and as well as a Puella Magi Madoka Magica fan, I think Frozen was too corny and not so creative to actually deserve the oscar while Madoka Magica was well written and creative, Madoka Magica also has great characters and a great ending. This is just my opinion so yeah

Rosie

I love Madoka Magica, and I easily would have voted for one of the first two films (the series rewritten into movies with some minor changes and a higher budget,) but Rebellion, as much I hate to say it, was not overlooked, and absolutely in no way deserves an Oscar. It certainly doesn't beat Frozen or The Wind Rises. Even A Letter to Momo is a better choice. Haven't seen any of the others (Earnest and Celestine looks good, though, but many not Oscar-worthy.) I know I'm late to this, but I wanted to throw in my two cents.

Rebellion was beautifully animated, and the score was great, but that's about all it has going for it. The plot was a mess. The pacing was horrible, the characters were static, there were too many plot holes, and a giant amount of filler. Pretty much the entire first forty-five minutes of the entire film does absolutely nothing to advance the plot forward. It's a bunch of boring, sloppy fanservice. The film didn't even feel like Madoka Magica. With most of the characters having lost their memories, and living in a world so different in tone from the original story, they don't even feel the same. I didn't care about them. The new character was worthless, too, and only thrown in, again, for fanservice. Her personality was often annoying, and she had no development whatsoever. She was pointless moe that had no place in a Madoka Magica installment.

One of its biggest issues is the simple fact that Madoka Magica does not warrant a sequel in the slightest. There is so much else they could have done with this world. Writing a sequel was probably the worst choice. There's simply no reason for one. There's actually ways Rebellion could have worked, too, which is frustrating. Most of the plot holes would have been fairly easy to fix.

Overall, a mess is simply the best I can describe it.

Hans-Christian

Will win:“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Could win: “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Should win: “Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
Shoulda been here: None, because they simply wouldn't stand a chance against "Frozen". I personally know some films throughout the years that I say deserves an Oscar, but if they are up against "Frozen", I'd better nominate them another time to assure them a win.

Pat

Frozen should win. The Wind Rises is just soft propaganda for Japanese right wing. Hoping for peace by celebrating the designer for Mitsubishi Zero? Are you kidding me? Japanese right winger is also applying to UNESCO to recognition 333 items left behind by WWII kamikaze pilots because it is world heritage.

Gain

Frozen will win,and it's gonna be a very deserving winner,but Ernest&Celestine is too good to be unseen.People should all go and watch it,it wouldn't disappoint.

KoalaZ

The real winner should be Madoka Magica…

Jenny

Yeah I disagree! I think Frozen SHOULD win as well as could win but I have zero faith that the academy will make the right decision considering the croods was nominated instead of monster's university

Rachel

I think Frozen both will and deserves to win!!!

MINHYUK

Will Win: Frozen or The Wind Rises
Should Win: Ernest And Celestine
Should not be here: The Croods
Should be here: A Letter To Momo
Dark Horse: Despicable Me 2

Klamentyne

haven't seen "The Wind Rises" yet but "Ernest & Celestine" was such a beautiful piece! don't want another Disney royalty to win..

Typeaux

It's a matter of perspective. I'm older (over 60), so like a lot of people my age I don't really "get" the fascination with most Japanese anime features, finding them either too crude (well-drafted but stiffly animated) or too didactic in their execution and approach, with fewer subtleties (at least that my generation can discern). Again, this is merely a matter of perspective, since "taste" doesn't really enter into it. You like what you like.

In the discussion regarding "Frozen" versus "Tangled," here again I find the humor and range of subtleties in "Tangled" superior to "Frozen" (as well as the songs). I enjoyed "Frozen" for what it is, and would prefer not to compare it to "Tangled" yet find the comparison sadly inevitable. (The horse is funnier than the reindeer. The chameleon is cuter than the snowman. The heroine is more conflicted and thus more interesting in "Tangled." The bad guys are earthier, better defined and more menacing, the cutthroats in the Ugly Duckling more engaged and far funnier than the rather silly trolls… it goes on and on. So sorry, I don't apologize. :o)

While I'm busy not apologizing, I watched "Spirited Away" when it came out and wondered why there was any fuss at all about it. Clearly, I lack the perspective of younger audiences who seem to thrive on the social popularity of the genre and find a higher meaning in it. I simply do not. I would love to be enlightened, but it hasn't happened.

Ghost

Best Animated Feature, or otherwise known as "The Greatest Disappointment of All Oscars Because Japanese Animation Always Gets Snubbed and The Prize Always Goes to Pixar, Disney or Some Other Western Company" (except for that one year though, b'cos we all know how much more superior Spirited Away was compared to the other nominees). And I'm not saying I don't like Western animation, in fact I enjoyed Frozen this year, but I just dislike the fact that out of the five possible nominees, at most one ever goes to good Japanese animation and the rest goes to horribly written, horribly animated, horribly reviewed films, like Despicable Me 2 this year. Films that should've earned a nomination, like A Letter to Momo, never did. It's just the same disappointments like Evangelion 2.0, Millennium Actress or Howl's Moving Castle years ago. And, of course, we all know that in the end the award would go to Frozen.

Travis Baker

Should've been here: 'Monsters University'!

User007

People thinking that the storyline for Frozen vs. The Wind Rises need to understand that one was written for a general audience with children in mind while the other was a fictionalized biography. The latter is perhaps more emotional and whatnot but as another reviewer stated it doesn't mean it is better. Frozen had a better story IMHO since it is more challenging to write an original story based on characters from The Snow Queen, and also keeping it G rated. TWR'S story practically wrote itself as a bio. Not to mention that the latter film does have subtle political overtones while also glossing over the fact that thousands of workers from China and Korea were forced into Japan's manufacturing industry. No matter what one may believe about TWR, it is based on history and with that it automatically carries Miyazaki's political viewpoint. The only reason why it even has a chance of winning is due to it being Miyazaki's swan song film not based solely on the film itself. There is just too much controversy and mixed reviews to just be considered a good animated film. IMHO Frozen is more deserving.

jbr

It had better go to The Wind Rises. Frozen was just SO BAD. The songs were forced, the characters were (oddly) flat, and the story was hardly dynamic and entirely, 100% predictable. Maybe Disney's worst effort on an animated feature to-date.
The Wind Rises, however, was another Miyazaki masterpiece. Also, keep in mind, his final. The Oscars being highly political, it will likely go to him in a sense to pay homage to one of the greatest storytellers of the past century. (Keep in mind that they actually have done this many times)
Honest prediction: Miyazaki.

1974

I love Miyazaki, but Frozen is better.

Lilo

prediction: The Winds Rises
deserving: Frozen

Bruceoth

The should win should be a tie for both Frozen and The Wind Rises

Brett

Prediction: The Wind Rises
Deserving: The Wind Rises

Dylan

My Nominations (Best Animated Feature):

THE CROODS
FROZEN
MONSTER'S UNIVERSITY
THE WIND RISES (I haven't seen the film yet, but so far it looks incredible, from the beautiful animation, and most importantly, it's by Hayao Miyazaki, who's one of the best people working in any type of animation today.)

Garion08

I totally agree that Puella Magi Madoka Magica, is being totally overlooked. The major problem is that it didn't get enough advertizement and was not released long enough in theaters to appeal to the general public. Second to appeal to the general public the theaters should have done what the "Dark Night Rises" did on premiere night, which is to show all three movies at one day. That way people would get a lead into the movie.

For one, I'm tired of Disney winning. Disney needs to be taken down a notch. Ghibli has already had its15 minutes of fame, so I want to see Warnerbrothers/Aniplex get some stage light with Madoka Magica Rebellion. This is just an earnest wish.

Micael Liotto

and by 2015, one of the nominees will be "METEGOL"(foosball, Argentina 2013) from director Academy Award Winner Juan José Campanella(The secret in their eyes) April 18th, in theaters USA.

Micael Liotto

Nominees by Me
1-FROZEN(Winner) – Disney (8,1% imdb, Me: 9)
2-THE WIND RISES – Touchstone (8,2% imdb, Me: 9)
3-THE CROODS – DreamWorks (7,3% imdb, Me: 7)
4-ERNEST ET CÉLESTINE – StudioCanal (7,9% imdb, Me: 8,2)
5-MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – Disney/Pixar (7,5% imdb, Me: 8) Most Watched 2013 in Argentine theaters.

Could also be nominated
6-EPIC – Fox (6,7% imdb, Me: 6,7)
7-DESPICABLE ME 2 – Universal (7,6% imdb, Me: 6)
8-TURBO – DreamWorks (6,5% imdb, Me: 6,4)

No chances!
9-PLANES – Disney (5,6% imdb, Me: 4)
10-CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 – Sony (6,6% imdb, Me: 5,9)

serch

What about The Congress? Ari Folman has an astonishing animation technique and although half of the movie is live action the animated part is superb.

MINIONS

I HOPE THE NOMINEES WOULD BE:
1. THE WIND RISES
2. A LETTER TO MOMO
3. FROZEN
4. ERNEST AND CELESTINE
5. DESPICABLE ME 2

ALTHOUGH I LOVE PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGIKA BUT I THINK IT WILL NOT BE NOMINATED BCOZ IT'S ONLY THE LAST PART OF THE FULL STORY.

THE COMPETITION IS BETWEEN THE WIND RISES, FROZEN. A LETTER TO MOMO WOULD BE THE DARK HORSE.

Brett

I believe the winner will be The Wind Rises, we'll miss you Miyazaki

AureBab

I saw The Wind Rises in Venice. Can I say it…? Life is strange: almost every Miyazaki's movie should have been rewarded with an Oscar…well…except this. Really.

ANONYMOUS

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion is by far Superior compared to everything on this so called list. I'm insulted by theses so called "predictions".

Anonymous

This, "Check out all predictions in all the categories here" takes you to 2013 predictions

KZ

Oscar for animated feature = shit…

The committee are rarely know what shit they're doing.

But if I have to pick one… Oscar style… I pick Frozen.

jan

Should win: The Wind Rises

Brett

1. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)
2. Monsters University (Don Scanlon)
3. Epic (Chris Wedge)
4. Despicable Me 2 (Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud)
5. The Croods (Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders)

Bard

I think Frozen is the winner here. Wind Rises, Epic, Monsters University and The Croods are the other nominations I would guess.

Ariel

Will Win: The Wind Rises
Could Win: Frozen
Should Win: Frozen

QB

You know what should win, but wont because its terribly overlooked? Puella Magi Madoka Magica– Rebellion Story.
It's not even MENTIONED on here, and i'm slightly offended its not even LISTED on the "Possibilities"
Puella Magi in itself was a wonderful anime, and even though its labeled "magical girl" and has the girls don the frilly outfits of justice, it's much more. SO much more. God, you will cry.

Rebellion was a great addition to the series, and blows away all Disney and Pixar competetion. The only thing it's really a challenge to is The Wind Rises and A Letter to Momo. I cant say anything about Ernest and Celestine since I haven't seen it, sorry.

I hope they give Rebellion a chance though, since everywhere I've looked at seems to be skimming over it as if it wouldn't stand up to challenge.

Bob

My predictions

The Wind Rises
Frozen
Monsters University
Ernest & Celestine
Deapicable Me 2 or The Croods

MEMYSELFANDI

My latest prediction:

1. THE WIND RISES
2. FROZEN
3. A LETTER TO MOMO
4. PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE: REBELLION
5. ERNEST AND CELESTINE

Brett

What about My Little Pony: Equestria Girls?

Dino Zoff

Don't forget Foosball. Should get US distribution before March…

Vajra

And again, the best film is completely ignored…
Even if I think Puella Magi Madoka Magica doesn't stand a chance to win (sadly), I really hope that some of you guys, will give it a try.
In my opinion, the Puella Magi Madoka Magica trilogy is the greatest masterpiece of japanese animation.

Bogey

Wow, what a sad and pathetic year for animation! Hopefully creative independent companies will realize Hollywood has lost its grip on animation and step up to the plate.

MARK

You should watch Madoka Magica. The series is a lot better than any of these movies in argument and, if those who watched it in Japan are right, this one continues to hit the mark. Even if it looks colorful, watch some episodes and the true charm of the franchise is discovered, which is being a deconstruction of it's genre and a good tragedy on its own.

Alex

I wouldn't exactly call Monsters University's reception "mixed". 78% from critics 83% from audience members on Rotten Tomatoes is pretty good if you ask me.

Anonymous

You should also have a look at Madoka Magica. Watch the two first movies, you'll see it definitely deserves some attention (and if you think it's too confidential a movie to win go to Japan…)

Hayley

If the academy doesn't go with The Wind Rises… I will have permanently lost faith. And really, the fact that Mamoru Hosoda isn't included in this list is astounding. It's high time that we Americans stop pretending we're still the best animators in the world. The academy needs to get its shit together and separate this award into a kids film category and an animated film category already. It's pathetic that something as idiotically childish as Frozen is compared to The Wind Rises, which is the most controversial film of Japan this year and one of the most thought provoking films I've ever seen in my adult life. It should be nominated for best picture.

MeMyselfAndI

If I would be a member of The Academy, I would vote:
1. The Wind Rises ( It's been along time where Spirited away win an oscars, and this is again the time that Miyazaki deserves another Oscars )
2. Frozen ( If The Wind Rises will not be eligible, Frozen has a big chance to win)
3. Epic ( I don't know why this movie has a less buzz to the people even it is a great film, i hope it will be nominated, and he has a chance to bit FRozen And either Miyazaki's The Wind Rises)
4. Ernest And Celestine ( I hope it will be nominated and i would also glad if it will win )
5. Despicable Me ( The Last Movie was very funny but did not get a nomination, And Wish this one would get a slot.)

Brett

Well, never mind what I said about Free Birds

Brett

I'm not calling Monsters University bad I had a good time with it, but in comparison to Miyazaki…it is pretty weak

Brett

What about Turbo and Free Birds, yet you think Despicable Me 2 and Meatballs 2 are possible since their predecessors didn't get nominated?

Marc

You may want to consider "The Legend of Sarila", an Inuit story mixing magic, suspense, and love in 3D

Marc

You may want to consider "The Legend of Sarila", an Inuit story mixing magic, suspense, and love in 3D

Marc

You may want to consider "The Legend of Sarila", an Inuit story mixing magic, suspense, and love in 3D

Brett

I'm thinking Wind Rises could go for Best Picture too

Brett

What about My Little Pony Equestria Girls?

The Brady Critic

Who will win: frozen

might win: the wind rises

should win: frozen

Kim

What about Wolf Children, is that not eligible. I wonder when the US will start recognizing Mamoru Hosoda?

Christophe

Ernest and Celestine should be seriously considered. It's a beautifully hand-drawn film that tells the heartwarming story of the unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse. In a year with so many disappointments on the big-budget CGI front, it would be a good thing to reward a simple yet extremely charming film.

Brett

I have a feeling the winner will be Wind Rises because Miyazaki as always is a great animator, it's his last film before he retires (cries), and the Oscars need to give Pixar a break

Blake

Nominations for Best Animated Feature (my predictions):
Despicable Me 2
Epic
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises.

The latter three have a strong chance to win.

Brett

I hope next year they give the award to somebody else (particularly Free Birds) because I am sick of them giving Pixar the award all the time! (Especially this year with Brave which was the least liked film in that category) Monsters University wasn't even a great film, it's ok but not better than Monsters Inc (Which should've won, thought Shrek was ok)

Brett

I'd replace Planes with My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Free Birds, From up on Poppy Hill, or Turbo

Brett

I don't see Despicable Me 2 happening, the first one didn't get nominated so why this one? I'd replace that with Turbo or Free Birds

Chase

No Turbo? I loved that Animated Film.

Brett

The Oscars should add a new category called Best Foreign Animated Feature just to keep those movies out of this category

Brett

Where's Free Birds? Because that movie looks damn good

Ethan

PLANES?!?! YEAH RIGHT! TURBO WAS THE BEST ANIMATED FILM I'VE SEEN ALL YEAR!

Brett

Oh and From up on Poppy Hill

Brett

What about Turbo and My Little Pony Equestria Girls (Sure it was given a limited release but…so were Amour, Cat in Paris, Illusionist, Chico and Rida, etc.)

BOO

The Wind Rises doesn't seem to have many people calling it a great Miyazaki movie. But There really aren't many good animated movies this year and it is his final film. Though if Brave can win maybe Monsters University can.

Salty Bill

When are they going to start doing NC-17-rated Adult CGI Animated Features? like a remake of Fritz The Cat, for instance, or something from Robert Crumb's oeuvre?

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Abdullah

Bill Plympton's "Cheatin" looks really good! Though unfortunately it's most likely won't be nominated.

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