Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Oscars and Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Oscar and Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.
More from Variety
To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit
THE OSCARS COLLECTIVE
Visit each category, per the individual awards show from
THE OSCARS HUB
Revisit the prediction archive of the 2021 season
Link to television awards is at
THE EMMYS HUB
2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
UPDATED: Dec 23, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: The Academy has always found room for smaller, more eclectic animation choices to sneak into the race, as seen with past nominees such as “A Cat in Paris” (2011) and “My Life as a Zucchini” (2016). This year looks like big studios, and populist choices could dominate it.
It’s hard to imagine an Oscar nomination announcement that didn’t include Walt Disney Pictures’ “Encanto” (National Board of Review winner), Neon’s “Flee” (likely to make history with noms in animated, documentary and international) and Netflix’s “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (which has the most critics’ prizes so far this season).
Pixar’s “Luca” and Walt Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” seem to be safe bets, but GKIDS has always managed to find room for one of its features in the race, and that could very well be “Belle.” Another film with its vocal supporters is Negativ Films’ “My Sunny Maad,” which could sneak past one of the larger animation houses.
It should be noted that “Raya” garnered the most nominations from the Annie Awards with 10, followed by “Encanto” with nine – both of which were nominated for best feature. “Luca,” “Mitchells” and “Sing 2” rounded out the nominations with the vital guild. In addition, “Flee” was recognized in categories like directing and best indie feature. Netflix led the tally for all studios with 52 nominations, with Disney in second place with 29.
We shouldn’t discount Illumination and Universal Pictures’ “Sing 2,” which had a decent run at the box office, and 20th Century Studios’ “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” which is far more delightful than many give credit.
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, Mar. 27, 2022.
ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:
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 most prominent 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 Ron Clements, Dean DeBlois, Travis Knight, Hayao Miyazaki, Rich Moore, and Chris Sanders.
2022 Academy Awards Predictions
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 have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen 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.
The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022
Best of Variety