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by Peter Knegt
February 17, 2012 5:44 PM
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2012 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award winners through February 26th, when the winners are announced.

"Rango" is most certainly the frontrunner here, but in such a lackluster year there's room for surprise, particularly by way of two surprise European nominees, "Chico & Rita" and "A Cat in Paris." But I wouldn't bet on that scenario.

Best animated feature predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The Nominees:
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss In Boots

The Predicted Winner: Rango
The Possible Spoiler: Chico & Rita
Shoulda Been Here: The Adventures of Tintin


  • Mojtaba | March 17, 2012 5:04 PMReply

    I think Puss in boots was better but I like Rango too.

  • Hana | February 25, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    The Predicted Winner: Rango
    The Possible Spoiler: The Adventures of Tintin
    Shoulda been here: Puss In boots

  • Miguel | February 24, 2012 7:13 PMReply

    "Chico & Rita" will win. Good luck, Trueba & Mariscal!

  • ADAM | February 24, 2012 7:02 AMReply

    What about RIO!? Awesome movie, with awesome landscapes.

  • Hana | February 25, 2012 11:45 AM

    I know right!

  • Chris O | February 22, 2012 12:11 PMReply

    someone told me Cars 2 shoulda won, and i told them "whatever your smoking let me have some" Cars 2 was the biggest dissapointment for animation and the first miss by Pixar, i expected alot more from Pixar

  • Kris Pajarito | February 16, 2012 4:20 PMReply


  • rey | February 15, 2012 11:40 PMReply

    chico and rita and a cat in paris i don't know if they are good but i really hate the animation looks from the 80

  • sCaramaNga | February 14, 2012 1:26 AMReply

    Rango Rango and Rango :))

  • Alicia Madgwick | February 10, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Tintin all the way! It won in the Golden Globes, it should have won at the Oscars!

  • Todd | February 2, 2012 2:21 AMReply

    'Winnie the Pooh' and 'Tinitin' should have been here!

  • majid | January 30, 2012 5:14 AMReply

    why The Adventures of Tintin isn't there? i really got supprised !!!

  • Geek | January 30, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    Rango will for sure win, but the idiot academy left off the incredible Tintin just because they're still snooty towards motion capture. Epic fail. At least they recognized its score.

  • Russell | January 27, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    Rango is an extraordinary piece of work. From concept to animation (second to none) The film has everything going for it except that it's probably a bit too surreal (and appears refreshingly un-American with its lack of sentimentality and decidedly creepy characters) to sit comfortably with the Academy. Hope I'm wrong. This would be a thoroughly deserving winner. Can't praise it enough.

  • Marcel | February 26, 2012 7:01 PM

    Coudn't have put it better.

  • james | January 25, 2012 5:47 PMReply

    wat is with this this year was poor crap.. hell last year was worse. rango, kfp 2, or puss in boots deserves this one..

  • Wil | January 24, 2012 6:36 AMReply

    "Wrinkles" should be on the list!

  • Nima | January 24, 2012 2:28 AMReply

    come on guys!!! adventures of tin tin even can't be nominated for oscar. It's academy rule, animations with real actors can't be nominated for best animated feature...

  • Todd | February 2, 2012 2:23 AM

    @LALA the "Best Animated Feature" category didn't exist before 2002, soo.....

  • LALA | January 24, 2012 11:30 PM

    Not necessarily. Space Jam was nominated and the main character was a live actor (Michael Jordan). It's just 'cause Chico & Rita is brilliant, so is Rango. I haven't seen the rest.

  • Ju | January 22, 2012 8:29 AMReply

    A cat in Paris is incredible and shall deserve a nomination !!!

  • R.M | January 22, 2012 1:26 AMReply

    Hands Down Tintin!

  • TIN TIN | January 21, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    The Adventures of Tintin!

  • imwatchinu | January 21, 2012 9:11 AMReply

    Rango, tooooooooooo cute

  • Raleigh St. Clair | January 18, 2012 3:41 AMReply

    It would be incredibly disappointing to see Tintin win. Rango is far more original, and has much stronger characters and a better script . Tintin was was a fun experience for movie-goers, but it probably doesn't deserve the award.

  • Eh | January 18, 2012 1:03 AMReply

    I think Tintin is overrated

  • Lindsay | January 18, 2012 12:18 AMReply

    Rango was a very well developed animated film. However the story telling was completely horrible and it was designed for Depp to make a quick buck. I did not personally find it well but if it wins the Oscar it wins the Oscar (which probably will compared to other competition).

  • Trent | January 15, 2012 9:09 PMReply

    I agree with everyone on here...these films were pretty much all terrible (save Rango, I loved that one!) I think the problem with these films (and the current animation industry in America in general,) is that they don't take a chance on something NEW! Pixar, Dreamworks, etc. they always make this generic kiddie crap that by now has become stale, stale, stale. What they need to do is start making animated films that aren't necessarily for kids! Something dark, mature, or even R-rated would be really refreshing, in my opinion. Japan does it, Britain does it, France and pretty much every other country do it too, why not us?

  • Josh | January 15, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Seriously guys Rango or titon? the story's were bad rango had good animation but com' on...

  • MIKE | January 13, 2012 11:33 PMReply

    Honestly, I'm disappointed you didn't include "Chico & Rita", which was submitted for the nomination. The film got overwhelmingly positive reviews (more than ALL of the ones listed here) and I would be shocked if it wasn't chosen for a nomination.

  • Martin | January 12, 2012 6:04 AMReply

    "Rango", 100%
    "Las Aventuras de Tintin", 100%
    "Arthur Christmas", 60%
    "El Gato con Botas", 55%
    "Kung-Fu Panda 2", 50%

  • Joseph | January 10, 2012 10:53 PMReply

    Such a bummer that Happy Feet Two didn't get in but it is out of...
    Tintin or Rango for sure but Arthur Christmas also has a chance.

  • John | January 8, 2012 7:55 PMReply

    rango or triton? are all of u on crack?? man oscar's are terrible.

  • Admral Thrawn | January 8, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    Since Tintin is out of the picture i think the Oscar will go to Rio or Rango because the're the only real compition this year

  • max | January 7, 2012 10:45 AMReply

    i love Rango .

  • Mike | January 5, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    Rango deserves this one! The Animation was pretty incredible!

  • Daniel | January 8, 2012 4:05 PM

    But the film wasn't good at all!

  • A guy | January 5, 2012 2:59 PMReply

    Judging by the three most important nominations to have come out so far, Rango, Puss in Boots and Tintin are locks. The other two nods (if there are five, which there probably will be) could go to either Arthur Christmas, Cars 2 or Kung Fu Panda 2, since all of them scored two nods out of three. Rio and Winnie the Pooh are dark horses, though I guess only Winnie the Pooh has realistic chances. Happy Feet 2 and Gnomeo and Juliet have no chance at all.

  • Nard | January 5, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    Someone should update this. Cars 2 just got a Producers Guild nod, so it's probably ahead Rio.

  • Daniel | January 2, 2012 9:54 AMReply

    If you think about it, Pixar gets a nomination every year so Cars 2 Is bound to be nominated, it got an average of good reviews, it is much better than Kung fu panda 2 and by far Rango, which didn't get very good reviews at all.

  • Samael | January 3, 2012 3:16 PM

    So in what parallel universe do you read reviews? According to Rotten Tomatoes Cars 2 have 39% of positive reviews, that's not an "average of good reviews" at all, and is way less than the 81% of Kung Fu Panda 2, and even lesser than the 88% of Rango.

  • Catca | December 30, 2011 10:13 PMReply

    Wasn't Hugo an animated film - or does it not qualify for some reason??? And by the way, TinTin is a huge smash overseas as the character is well known overseas.

  • Lucy | January 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Actually on IMDB Rango and Cars 2 have sort of similar ratings, I thought Rango was rubbish as well, everyone is entitled to there opinion and he has a point, Pixar get a nomination every year!

  • Tom | January 3, 2012 3:19 PM

    Hey, and why don't The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo qualify as an animated film? And what about Drive? Damm academy and they weird rules.

  • S.L. | January 1, 2012 12:51 AM

    Hugo wasn't animated. If you look at posters and film clips there are actors and actresses, not animated people. I haven't seen Tintin but you're right that it's popular over seas, a friend from Europe says it's everywhere.

  • AKASH | December 29, 2011 6:34 PMReply

    "Tintin" might not qualify because of its use of motion-capture throughout the film and the Academy will not give Dream Works a double dip in this category, and I feel that "Kung Fu Panda 2" will be chosen over "Puss in Boots" and the 5th spot will go to "Winnie the Pooh"

  • Nonya | December 29, 2011 5:54 PMReply

    The main two films competing in this category are Rango and Tin-Tin. Rango has the best critical reception between the two according to Rotten Tomatoes, earning, I think, an 87-89%. Tin-Tin has earned, I think, a 75-78%. Also, Rango has more "Best Animated Feature" awards. And besides, Tin-Tin has two sequels in the future, so it can wait. I think Winnie the Pooh is underrated. It has between a 90-93% rating, the highest of all the films there. Plus, there could be only three nominations like last year, or a foreign movie could show up like the past three years or something. Winnie the Pooh deserves more consideration, but I know it won't get it. Maybe in "Best Original Song" for "So Long". My favorite contender. You should listen to it.

  • Nonya | December 29, 2011 5:52 PMReply

    The main two films competing in this category are Rango and Tin-Tin. Rango has the best critical reception between the two according to Rotten Tomatoes, earning, I think, an 87-89%. Tin-Tin has earned, I think, a 75-78%. Also, Rango has more "Best Animated Feature" awards. And besides, Tin-Tin has two sequels in the future, so it can wait. I think Winnie the Pooh is underrated. It has between a 90-93% rating, the highest of all the films there. Plus, there could be only three nominations like last year, or a foreign movie could show up like the past three years or something. Winnie the Pooh deserves more consideration, but I know it won't get it. Maybe in "Best Original Song" for "So Long". My favorite contender. You should listen to it.

  • none | December 28, 2011 2:24 PMReply

    Rango or Tin Tin. Hopefully Tin Tin!

  • Tacos In my Tummy | December 27, 2011 4:01 PMReply

    Nominated should be Puss in B00ts, TinTin, Rango, Arthur Christmas, and Winnie The Pooh. Happy Feet 2, Cars 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, and Rio have no chance of getting nominated

  • Tyler | December 27, 2011 7:03 AMReply

    Rango is easily the best film I have seen this year. Animation is scarily astounding (particularly when Rango and Beans are staring into distance at night time), the development and psychology of the characters are first class, and the way in which the movie pays homage to classic the western genre is something never seen before (was evident in the movie Drive but not to the same effect I believe). The latter of these couldn't help but remind me of how Chicken Run paid respect to classic convict movies such as the Great Escape.

    Tin Tin was very much overrated. For what was a simple story line (which was a problem in itself), the story was irritatingly running at too fast of a pace and the drunkard of the story was wildly annoying. I do believe that it was strong year in terms of animated movies, I am not too sure what everyone else is referring to.

  • bob | December 25, 2011 12:30 AMReply

    What a terrible year for animated films... Nothing in 2011 was anywhere near the likes of. previous hits such as Up, Wall-E, Toy Story 3 or even Kung Fu Panda! I would say Rango has to be the favourite, namely because it was the only good animated film this year!!!

  • LALA | January 23, 2012 12:18 PM

    It's only because this year, Pixar decided to make money rather than be good. I love PIXAR. I would rather watch 5 PIXAR films for the rest of my life than 20 Dreamworks films. However, Cars 2 was their worst film. Their second-worst was Cars. Those are the only 2 not to get a score of over 90% in RT. The only film apart from the Car franchise that PIXAR made that I didn't care for was A Bug's Life. It was good, entertaining, but not as good as the others. This year, Rango's the winner (though I haven't seen TinTin!) However, I think it's safe to say Brave will be nominated next year. It seems like it will be a smart film but... I don't think it will pass the 90% mark like the most others. I just don't see the fairy-tale idea going anywhere. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Daniel | December 26, 2011 11:37 AM

    The reason this year for animated films has not been as good as some of the previous is because Pixar brought out a very disappointing film. Most of those films that you named are from Pixar. However, I still think that Puss in Boots should win this year.

  • Joanna | December 23, 2011 6:49 AMReply

    Rango or TinTin,,,,,,,but I think Rango deservers it.

  • Daniel | December 22, 2011 4:25 PMReply

    I think Puss in Boots is the best animated film of the year. It has great animation, a good storyline, and a touching message.

  • Joseph | January 10, 2012 10:51 PM

    If you type up 'Joeyakers1' on youtube and look for Joe Grader 5, then you will see what went wrong with puss in boots.

  • Tim S | December 20, 2011 7:37 PMReply

    Visually, Tango was amazing, but I just saw Arthur Christmas and it was a welcome surprise.

  • LALA | January 23, 2012 12:19 PM

    Yes, but I did like RinRin.

  • Cate | January 5, 2012 2:59 PM

    I agree. Arthur Christmas is brilliantly animated and the humour works for kids and adults-a gem that should not be overlooked!

  • Chris | December 18, 2011 12:36 AMReply

    Rango is not only the best animated film this year, but one of the best films released period. Tintin was overhyped and now overblown.

  • Ronnie D. | December 18, 2011 6:30 PM

    Absolutely not; Tintin was WAY better. Rango was thoroughly generic and predictable despite trying having Johnny Depp in and desperately trying to be quirky.

  • Ronnie D. | December 17, 2011 5:05 PMReply

    Just saw early screening of Tintin; it was infinite times better and more innovative than Rango - it's honestly a joke.

  • A. O. Zeta | December 16, 2011 10:00 AMReply

    Rio might not be the best animated movie this year but I think it should rank better because it teaches us to care for the environment, how to adapt, and love. For this category, Rango and The Adventures of Tintin will be head-to-head.

  • To the comment underneath mine... | January 23, 2012 12:31 PM

    I agree but I think you're being modest. It is A LOT more competition. Toy Story 3 was nominated for Best Picture. If none of the others were, I think they should have given them the Oscar as an introduction, as there was no surprise. With Tintin winning the Golden Globes, the seesaw is pointing a clear direction. However, the Annies will determine who wins this award. The Annies are a lot more prestigious than the Golden Globes and the Oscar when referring to animated films. Though I would rather win an Oscar, I should be prouder winning the Annie, an award dedicated to animation. I don't particularly agree with How to Train Your Dragon winning over Toy Story 3 last year but hey, they are the experts, right?

  • MJG | January 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    I wouldn't say this was the worst year (only three animated films were nominated in 2010, and Toy Story 3 was the clear winner), but it was still pretty bad. At the very least, we have a little more competition in this field than last year.

  • Zach | December 26, 2011 2:18 PM

    The one difference between Wall-E and Rio was how the storylines were executed. They both had excellent animation, but again the stories varied. Early on Rio had the potential to be great, but it got pretty bad around the middle. Wall-E was consistent intelling it's beautifully written story while Rio purely relied on poorly written songs to keep kids interested. On a side note: this was probably the worst year for animated films since the inception of the Best Animated Feature category

  • Ronnie D. | December 17, 2011 5:06 PM

    That was kinda already done in Wall-E, one of the best animated features ever.