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February 4, 2013 2:01 PM
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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

"Brave"
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced.

Here's our take on the best animated feature category, which for once is quite the race. After years and years of assumed winners, a trio of Disney titles -- "Frankenweenie," "Brave"and "Wreck-It-Ralph" -- are all feasible winners. "Brave" won the Globe and the BAFTA and "Ralph" won the PGA and the Annie, but perhaps the idea of finally giving Tim Burton an Oscar will give "Frankenweenie" an edge as the other two cancel each other out? That's our very risky bet (given its won almost nothing so far), and expect us to be wrong!

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films available ON DEMAND right now.

The nominees:
"Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
"Frankenweenie" Tim Burton
"ParaNorman" Sam Fell and Chris Butler
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" Peter Lord
"Wreck-It Ralph" Rich Moore

Will win: "Frankenweenie"
Could win: "Wreck-It-Ralph" or "Brave"
Should win: ""Frankenweenie," but this is a very strong lineup.

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77 Comments

  • monkeypox6 | April 15, 2013 8:34 PMReply

    How I think it should have been:

    1. "Brave", Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman*(WINNER)
    2. "Frankenweenie", Tim Burton
    3. "ParaNorman", Chris Butler & Sam Fell
    4. "The Secret World of Arrietty", Hiromasa Yonebayashi
    5. "Wreck-It Ralph", Rich Moore*(Runner-up)

  • Jason | February 25, 2013 4:50 PMReply

    Wreck-It Ralph should have won. It was the best animated film of the year, and if WIR didn't win, the runner-ups should have been Frankenweenie or ParaNorman, NOT Brave. Heck, even The Pirates were better than Brave. The Oscars screwed up this year.

  • guh-doy | February 24, 2013 9:46 PMReply

    Fuck it, Brave won. Academy member really have no clue how to judge animation aren't they..
    Only Annie's people know to judge this category properly

  • EH3 | February 24, 2013 9:03 PMReply

    Wow you've been wrong about everything so far.

  • Rick | February 24, 2013 2:49 AMReply

    Brave was not a bad movie at all, and visually Pixar shows it's one of the best, but the story was a bit underwhelming.
    Frankenweenie, again not a bad movie and I can sympathize with others who's pets are no longer with them (especially if they've been around for most of your life), but sadly it's the same Tim Burton schtick we've all seen since Beetlejuice (though kudos for leaving out Depp and Bonham Carter).
    ParaNorman, just another "meh" movie
    Pirates, visually nice but lacks the subtle charm of Wallace & Gromit
    Wreck-It Ralph shows fantastic visual, the jokes and references are fairly smart and very enjoyable, the cameos from the likes of Bowser and Sonic the Hedgehog gives that small "Roger Rabbit" feel that always warms the heart, it's the one time I can put with (and actually enjoy) the likes of John C. Riely and Sarah Silverman. Best of all it shows that Disney is still capable of putting out some good CGI flicks without Pixar's help. My pick goes Wreck-It Ralph

    Now if Wreck-It Ralph doesn't win, I still have this to say. The movie won the Annie Award for "Best Picutre". As far as an animated film is concerned, that's where it really counts.

  • Shad | February 23, 2013 9:44 PMReply

    Why is everybody hating on Pirates. Ive seen all the movies and Pirates was by far the best movie. The writing was amazing and it was pretty funny, the animation is awesome and the story is brilliant. Heres my lists:
    My favs: Will win:
    1. Pirates 1. Frankenweenie
    2. Wreck it Ralph 2. Brave
    3. Paranorman 3. Paranorman
    4. Frankenweenie 4. Wreck it ralph
    5. Brave 5. Pirates

  • Katie | February 23, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    You can immediately disqualify The Pirates from that list, because there's absolutely no way it's going to win. Frankenweenie was tailored for a very specific audience and was kind of a flop for Tim Burton, so it's extremely unlikely that will win either. This leaves Brave, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph. My knee-jerk reaction was to go with ParaNorman because of those three it seemed the most artistically diverse and the kind of film that Academy voters would go for (despite not being as popular among the general audience compared to Brave and Wreck-It Ralph). As much as Brave was beautifully done and had a unique story, I think that Wreck-It Ralph would win over the two. So I predict that either ParaNorman or Wreck-It Ralph will win Animated Feature Film.

  • Shad | February 23, 2013 9:49 PM

    I totally disagree with you. Pirates was the best movie. Tell me how theres absolutely no way it will win.

  • Leeh | February 21, 2013 10:25 PMReply

    As an animator this is the categorie that I'm kinda crazy about ... first because I can't get mad at Brave because visually it's beautiful, but the story it's ... "meh" my favorite here is Ralph, but I think it will not win, sadly something tells me Brave will win. I agree the award is "dancing" between Brave, Frankeweenie and Ralph like indieWire said... PS: I have NO idea why Pirates are nominated... Rise Of The Guardians should be instead.

  • Jace | February 20, 2013 12:25 PMReply

    I think Wreck-It Ralph should win because of the falling into the Diet Cola mountain scene alone. The parallelism of his words with a whole different meaning, the emotion.... it was perfect. Plus, you've got a super great cast and wonderful animation, and a well-driven plotline about video game characters that's stumped Disney staff for decades on how to create. Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time.

  • Christopher Hall | February 19, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    Frankenweenie? Really?

    I've seen all the films nominated except Pirates (with that being said) I feel Paranorman was hands down the best with W-Ralph coming in for a close second. Both were captivating stories that dealt with the topics of individual differences, self worth and acceptance. During the cinematic climaxes of both films, you'd have to be a monster or Donald Trump not to get choked up. Brave was cute for that fact most of us can relate to having an emotionally distant parent at some point in our lives and wishing for them to "go away". Which as a child often resulted in deep anxiety for days to come because you believed that wish may come true.
    Metaphorically, Frankenweenie was the runt of the litter. The film lacked imagination, emotion and direction. Watching Frankenweenie can be compared to watching a hour long short. A story that should have been 5-10 minutes dragged on for a hour, and according to The Theory of Relativity, you realize that's an hour you'll never get back.
    Rise of the Guardians should have been nominated, never thought the Sandman or a frozen pond could choke me up.

  • ^_^ | February 22, 2013 6:27 AM

    IF U HAVE PETS THEN YOU CAN RELATE TO THE STORY OF FRANKENWEENIE :-)
    I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WHO ARE HATING THE BLACK AND WHITE ANIMATION... BUT FRANKENWEENIE IS A KIND OF FILM THAT HAS A GREAT STORY THAT CAN GAIN A LOT OF MORAL VALUES.... YOU JUST CAN'T APPRECIATE THE WORKS AND IMAGINATIONS OF TIM BURTON... :-)

    TIM BURTON FOR THE WIN :-) FRANKENWEENIE FOR THE WIN :-)

  • Reepicheep-chan | February 20, 2013 12:59 PM

    I agree completely. ParaNorman was significantly better than Frankenweenie. I mean, Weenie may still win, but ParaNorman deserves it more. (I too saw all the noms except pirates)

    Also, Frankenweenie was kind of racist, yeah? Am I the only one who felt that way?

  • EVAN | February 18, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    Wreck-It Ralph will win. I don't think Brave has shot at winning.

  • EVAN | February 18, 2013 7:26 PMReply

    Wreck-It Ralph will win. I don't think Brave has shot at winning.

  • Jeff Dearman | February 18, 2013 12:41 AMReply

    I'd say

    1.) PARANORMAN for Story and Animation
    2.) Wreck it Ralph for originality, story, and animation
    3.) Brave for story - animation.
    4.) Frankenweenie - the story just didnt interest me or the characters.
    (I dont know how you guys all like this one)
    (Yeah its Tim Burton, but story was lame imho)
    ( I saw the previews and didnt even go see it because of the lame previews)

    5.) RISE OF THE GUARDIANS should be on it. That was pretty good.

    Also the LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS OWLS OF GA'HOOL should have won a year or two ago . =)

  • Jeff Dearman | February 18, 2013 12:38 AMReply

    Why couldn't Paranorman Win? It is an excellent film. better than Frankenweenie IMHO Animation is better too.

  • Hannah | February 14, 2013 9:24 AMReply

    Should win: "Wreck It Ralph" or "Frankenweenie"
    Will win but should not win: "Brave"

  • EVAN | February 17, 2013 10:37 AM

    I think Wreck-It Ralph will win it. There's no way in hell Brave will win. It may have won the Golden Globe, but the Oscars are smarter than that. So Wreck-It Ralph will definitely take home the gold.

  • Addsteal | February 12, 2013 8:22 AMReply

    Paranorman used stop motion and 3d printers to create a great stop mpotion animated feature as such it should win

  • Blitz | February 12, 2013 3:25 AMReply

    Paranorman should win. No question. It had the courage not to treat kids like idiots and its psychologically heavy tone is a welcome change from the bubblegum pop vibe of CG films from the last decade. It dared to have an atypical gay character, a realistic view of an unhealthy relationship between parent and child, and the consequence of death. These are things children should think about. I remember feeling alienated and alone as a child because I thought I was the only kid dealing with these thoughts and issues. The media I was watching didn't have the courage to address this kind of essential subject matter. And besides, the animation was simply gorgeous and the story was moving. It was much more fluid and engaging than the flat and lifeless Frankenweenie.

  • BOO | February 3, 2013 6:44 PMReply

    I'd say Wreck-It Ralph because it won PGA and Annie.

  • Jason | February 19, 2013 11:06 AM

    That's probably because Toy Story 3 was nominated for Best Picture, and the Academy didn't want to look foolish if they gave the Best Animated Feature to How to Train Your Dragon.

  • ^_^ | February 7, 2013 4:59 AM

    but remember.... HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON won the ANNIE but TOY STORY 3 won the OSCARS :-)

  • ^_^ | February 3, 2013 2:43 AMReply

    for me..
    will win: FRANKENWEENIE
    could win: WRECK-IT RALPH or PARANORMAN
    should win: FRANKENWEENIE
    should be on the list: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS and LE TABLEAU(the painting) replacing PIRATES and BRAVE :-)

  • Jason | February 19, 2013 11:05 AM

    Sorry about that. I thought I was replying to the one above.

  • Jason | February 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    That's probably because Toy Story 3 was nominated for Best Picture, and the Academy didn't want to look foolish if they gave the Best Animated Feature to How to Train Your Dragon.

  • JD | February 2, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    Frankenweenie has an outside chance of winning, but the front-runner is Wreck-it Ralph, and it deserves it. However, you should never count Pixar out. Brave also has a good chance of winning it. All three of those films are Oscar-worthy; Disney made a marketing mistake by releasing three amazing animated films in one year

  • Aveeva | February 1, 2013 10:59 PMReply

    It's a really tough field. It's unlikely that the non-disney films will win. I'd really like to see Frankenweenie get it as Tim Burton really deserves it, on the other hand I really enjoyed Wreck-it Ralph heaps and I want Disney Animation to finally get an animation oscar. Brave was great but doesn't deserve the oscar.

  • DEEa | February 1, 2013 11:51 AMReply

    Brave will winn! it's the best!

  • Gregory | January 23, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    I just can’t get behind a movie where the Heroine knowingly poisons her mother. I am pulling for ParaNorman and Wreck-it Ralph

  • HEY | January 23, 2013 1:57 AMReply

    WHY RISE OF THE GUARDIANS WAS NOT NOMINATED??????? IT IS MUCH BETTER THAN PIRATES AND BRAVE AND I THINK THE PAINTING ALSO SHOULD BE THERE .... BUT BECAUSE THEY WAS NOT NOMINATED... I HOPE FRANKENWEENIE WILL WIN :-)

  • Hannah | January 22, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    I REALLY hope "Frankenweenie" wins it (the picture deserves it by a mile... + the Burton factor. I meam, c'mon!!! How in the world did "Corpse Bride" lose in 2005 over "Wallace & Gromit"?? I'm still asking that myself. What a snub!!).

  • Sadie | January 21, 2013 7:41 PMReply

    Frankenweenie could win, and I really hope it does. I think the homage to classic horror films could work well with the Academy's older members. It IS a Burton jewel. And considering that Burton is overdue, they could give him an Oscar for this. But you're right, it's a strong line up and hard to make up my mind. Wreck it Ralph could win too. But based solely on number of accolades, my money is on ParaNorman. The only movie I don't really see winning is Pirates.
    Check the rest of my predictions at my Tumblr page: http://delightfullyrandom.tumblr.com/post/41151448206/my-oscar-predictions

  • CAMERON | January 17, 2013 8:35 PMReply

    At frinzee.com, paranorman is in the no.1 followed by the pirates, brave, wreck it ralph lastly frankenweenie... let's vote at frinzee for our best animated feature 2013... let's do battle here and won.

  • Jason | January 13, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    I think Wreck-It Ralph should win, since it's the best animated film of the year.

  • Hannah | January 12, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    Agree 100% with you about "Frankenweenie". It's not only the best animated film of the year, but also a "Tim Burton jewel". It's hard to believe the Academy is going to deny Burton an Oscar for much more time (and after so many decades and so many great and unique pieces such as "Edward Scissorhands", "Big Fish", "Corpse Bride"...) he may be a freak, but I have the feeling that the Academy thinks it's his time finally for the Oscar.

  • ^_^ | January 10, 2013 4:31 AMReply

    I THINK THERE WILL BE 1 OR 2 ANIMATED FILM THAT IS NOT A 3D ANIMATION THAT WILL BE NOMINATE FOR THE BEST ANIMATED FILM AND IF IT WILL HAPPEN A HOPE THE NOMINEES WILL BE : 1.FRANKENWEENIE 2. LE TABLEAU(THE PAINTING) 3.PARANORMAN 4.WRECK-IT RALPH 5. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS :-)

  • Jason | January 9, 2013 8:59 PMReply

    In order from who I want to win.

    1. Wreck-It-Ralph
    2. Frankenweenie
    3. Brave
    4. Rise of the Guardians
    5. ParaNorman

    I wish "The Secret World of Arrietty" was eligible, and that "The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists" had a good chance of being nominated.

  • Tom | January 8, 2013 5:19 PMReply

    Brave? If that wins an Oscar then the bar has been set way too low.

  • Tim | January 21, 2013 10:20 PM

    I guess it takes one film starring a female protagonist to convince everyone that Pixar doesn't make the best movies in the industry anymore. Took everyone long enough. You think everyone would get it after Cars.

  • Selenator | January 9, 2013 9:15 AM

    I agree, if it wins it will be a disgrace. It was Pixar's worst along with Cars 1 & 2.

  • CJ | January 8, 2013 12:59 AMReply

    I know it probably won't happen but HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA!! If not- Wreck it Ralph or Brave. Frankenweenie definitely has a shot too - Tim Burton just creeps me out! :D

  • Emmanuel Pader | January 7, 2013 11:32 PMReply

    I predicted this since October Last year and I'm still thinking these today on the five animated features that will be the Official Nominees of the Oscars 2013 Animated Feature(Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, Rise of the Guardians & Wreck-it Ralph). If it does wow.. I'm planning to buy these titles on DVD!!! But for Now You made a good decision on the Nominees the only question now is who will be the winner. For me it's OK to be nominated but when you're winner you deserve it!!

  • ^_^ | January 7, 2013 3:59 AMReply

    IF I LOOK AT THE ANIMATION.......... RISE OF THE GUARDIANS and WRECK-IT RALPH ARE THE BEST ....BUT IF I LOOK AT THE STORY........FRANKENWEENIE DESERVES TO WIN THE BEST IN ANIMATED FILM... AND I ALSO HOPING RISE OF THE GUARDIANS FOR THE BEST ORIGINAL SCORE ^_^

  • Anna Evans | January 6, 2013 3:40 AMReply

    I really love Wreck-It Ralph. I loved everything about it. It was not only creative, but it brought a sense of imagination to me. Now I think all of my video games at my local arcade socialize in their own Game Central Station, :)

    I really do hope it wins! It was so amazing, :)

  • BlueFox94 | January 5, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    Go "WRECK-IT RALPH"! I pray that it wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature! :D

  • Kaya | January 2, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    I think Frankenweenie has a better shot at winning the Oscar because it's been considered as the highest reviewed animated film of the year. As mush as I did enjoyed Brave, Wreck-it Ralph, ParaNorman, and Rise of the Guardians, I think Frankenweenie has a better chance to win the Oscar.

  • Evan | January 1, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    Frankenweenie is so beautiful and Tim Burton merites an Oscar

  • SELENATOR | December 28, 2012 11:48 AMReply

    Finaly I've seen them all!! My number one is "Frankenweenie". "Rise of the Guardians" and "Wreck It Ralph!" come right behind (but in no particular order, I like them both the same way). I have the impression that even if "Frankenweenie" is the best of the lot, "Wreck It Ralph!" is going to win the Oscar because it performed better at the box office... and is a more "good feeling" movie than "Frankenweenie". That's sad because the Tim Burton masterpiece deserves it more.

  • Pianoman | December 27, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    Rise of the Guardians and Wreck It Ralph should both get nominated. They were both amazing movies.

  • Cindy | December 22, 2012 9:34 PMReply

    I think Rise of the Guardians should be in the five that gets nominated. The animation was absolutely flawless, don't even get me started. The creators put in so much detail into the little things like the sand from the Sandman, the frost on Jack's staff and hoodie, Tooth's feathers, just flawless. Also, it has a great story behind it and gives a good moral to the kids. The movie is great for the kids, older people can enjoy it too. It had humor, great characters and villain, just perfect.

  • Joah | December 13, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    I hated Brave and Paranorman. I would love to see Pirates, Wreck-it Ralph, Lorax, Madagascar 3, or Hotel Transylvania get nominated. Everyone says that Brave should win, but I thought it was boring. It probably will win though, simply because it's made by Pixar, which the academy worships.

  • Selenator | December 11, 2012 6:22 PMReply

    I have yet to see "Wreck-It-Ralph", "Paranorman" and "Rise of the Guardians". Considering the rest... I think the list is spot on... but I would have put "Frankenweenie" over "Brave" (I was sooooo dissapointed with that film, even "Tangled" was better!!!!).

  • WHA? | December 8, 2012 4:02 PMReply

    although i did not see it, i remember The Secret World of Arrietty getting great reviews. why is it not on the list?

  • Kal | February 20, 2013 2:21 PM

    Yah, it was released in Japan in 2010. My understanding, however, is that in order to be eligible for the Academy Awards, a film has to have been released in LA County, making it eligible for that years awards. Was Arrietty released there prior to the US 2012 wide release? If not, I don't see why it couldn't be nominated as a 2012 film. All of the nominees were good films, but Arrietty was superior to any of them IMO.

  • Sleepwalker | December 11, 2012 9:54 PM

    Arrietty came out in the US in 2012, I remember seeing it with my fiance for Valentine's day this past year.

    As far as Brave goes, it wasn't as good. Arrietty was better animated and Wreck-It Ralph had a more appealing story.

  • ^_^ | December 10, 2012 2:07 AM

    Because the Secret World of Arriety was release in 2010.

  • ^_^ | December 6, 2012 12:42 AMReply

    i have done watching FRANKENWEENIE and it is a GREAT FILM by TIM BURTON and it is THE BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM that I've ever seen (together with FINDING NEMO ^_^) and i i hope FRANKENWEENIE WILL WIN THE BEST AND ANIMATED FEATURE FILM AND ALSO THE BEST PICTURE ^_^

    my TOP 5:

    1. FRANKENWEENIE
    2. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
    3. WRECK-IT RALPH
    4. LE TABLEAU( THE PAINTING)
    5. BRAVE or FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

  • Joe | November 28, 2012 9:30 AMReply

    I actually think there might only be three this year, there wasn't really tons of great animated movies.

    If there is three
    1.Wreck it Ralph
    2.ParaNorman
    3.Brave (simply because it's Pixar)

    4 and 5 could easily be Frankenweenie, Pirates, and Rise of the Guardiand

  • Jon | November 29, 2012 8:52 PM

    No, the rule is if more than 15 films are submitted, they're will be 5 nominees. They only have 3 nominees if there is less than 16 films submitted.

  • Moon | November 28, 2012 8:31 AMReply

    I think that ParaNorman or Pirates should get a better shot for a nomination for the sheer quality of these films. Brave though is a Pixar staple. ROTG and Hotel Transylvania must fall to the longer shots.

  • Gio | November 18, 2012 1:07 AMReply

    Frankenweene ftw. Seriously. Brave was good but it was lowbar for a Pixar movie.

  • BOO | November 13, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    So far Rise of The Guardians is getting meh reviews.

  • BOO | November 13, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    So far Rise of The Guardians is getting meh reviews.

  • Name shai | November 5, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    Your Comment
    What about Arjun the warrior prince? Had seen that on many predictions.

  • Mirko | September 30, 2012 1:09 PMReply

    Brave.

  • fff | September 27, 2012 12:15 PMReply

    Why is The Pirates so low?

    I mean Wallace & Gromit WON an Oscar.

  • Jake | November 5, 2012 10:22 PM

    Wallace & Gromit was quite a bit better.

  • jez | October 8, 2012 9:30 AM

    I wondered that as well. Aardman is currently 1 : 1 in this category.

  • BOO | September 25, 2012 5:45 PMReply

    I heard Frankenweenie was really good. It seems safe to say that it's got better chances than Brave.

  • boo | August 31, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    What about The Secret World of Arrietty?

  • Oli | November 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    Released two years ago? UK release was July 2011

  • Maxim | August 30, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    I am, frankly, stunned by such a low perceived rankign of Wreck-It-Ralph. That looks like a huge cross-over hit to me and is likely to be well respected.

  • Will | November 21, 2012 2:32 PM

    Uh, US Release 2012? Oscars go by US release of films

  • Jeff Kemp | August 29, 2012 7:05 PMReply

    Pirates got great reviews and should probably be higher up.
    Wreck-it Ralph looks like a Despicable Me rip-off but could still be well perceived by audiences.
    Surprised ROTG is number one for you given how little is known about it.

  • oli | November 9, 2012 9:52 AM

    How does WIR look like a Despicable Me rip off? Are you sure you've seen DM, WIR (trailer) and read the synopsis for both films?