Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Feature – Is ‘Wolfwalkers’ a Dark Horse?

Clayton Davis
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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Soul" (Pixar)
    Pete Docter, Dana Murray

  2. "Over the Moon" (Netflix)
    Glen Keane, Peilin Chou, Gennie Rim

  3. "Wolfwalkers" (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS)
    Stéphan Roelants, Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young, Nora Twomey

  4. "Onward" (Pixar)
    Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

  5. "Lupin III: The First" (GKIDS)†
    Takashi Yamazaki, Takeshi Ito, Naoaki Kitajima, Koji Nozaki

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Connected" (Sony Pictures Animation)†
    Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Mike Rianda

  2. "Bombay Rose" (Netflix)
    Gitanjali Rao

  3. "Trolls: World Tour" (Universal Pictures)
    Walt Dohrn, Gina Shay

  4. "Rumble" (Paramount Pictures)
    Hamish Grieve, Mark Bakshi, Brad Booker

  5. "The Willoughbys" (Netflix)
    Kris Pearn, Brenda Gilbert, Luke Carroll<

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "A Whisker Away" (Netflix)
    Satô Jun’ichi, Shibayama Tomotaka

  2. "A Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon" (Netflix)
    Richard Phelan, Will Becher

  3. "On-Gaku: Our Sound" (GKIDS)†
    Kenji Iwaisawa

  4. "Ride Your Wave" (GKIDS)†
    Masaaki Yuasa

  5. "Brightheart" (TriCoast Worldwide)†
    Weifeng Deng, Astrid Wang, Yunfei Wang, Brett Zharig

  6. "Scoob!" (Warner Bros.)
    Tony Cervone, Pam Coats, Allison Abbate

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run" (Paramount Pictures) – Tim Hill, Ryan Haris

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The animated feature category was introduced in 2001 when “Shrek” was the first awarded. There are five animators that 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 three, along with Ron Clements, Dean DeBlois, Travis Knight, Hayao Miyazaki, Rich Moore and Chris Sanders.

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