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16 Animated Features Contend for Oscar, from ‘Anomalisa’ to ‘When Marnie Was There’

16 Animated Features Contend for Oscar, from 'Anomalisa' to 'When Marnie Was There'

This year’s animated features—there will be five nominees, given that sixteen are deemed eligible for Oscar consideration—run the gamut from R-rated stop-motion adult drama “Anomalisa,” from Oscar-winning scribe Charlie Kaufman and co-director Duke Johnson, which Paramount surprisingly picked up out of Toronto, and Pixar frontrunner “Inside Out,” which debuted in Cannes and is so popular that many wonder if it could land Best Picture, Directing or Original Screenplay slots. Pixar has won more Oscars than any other studio, collecting a gold statue five of the last eight years, and could have two nominees this year.
The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
“The Boy and the Beast”
“Boy and the World”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Hotel Transylvania 2”
“Inside Out”
“Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet”
“The Laws of the Universe – Part 0”
“Moomins on the Riviera”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Regular Show: The Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
“When Marnie Was There”
Several of the films have yet to fulfill their Los Angeles qualifying run requirement.  
We will know the final five—strong contenders include GKids/Studio Ghibli’s “When Marnie was There,” Disney/Pixar’s second 2015 release “The Good Dinosaur,” Lionsgate/Aardman’s “Shaun the Sheep” and Universal/Illumination’s “Despicable Me” spin-off “Minions”—on Thursday, January 14, 2016. The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, broadcast live on ABC and around the world. 

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