Best Animated Feature Film – Oscar nominations (2016)

It’s that time of the year again. We are just a few days away from the Oscars & nominees are leaving no stone unturned to make their efforts noticed.

As per tradition, the nominees for the Best Animated Feature Film were announced in January, and ever since animation lovers across the globe have been surprised & shocked at the same time. Leaving behind the more popular The Good Dinosaur & The Peanuts Movie, this year’s nominations challenge the big studios like never before.

As Hollywood continues to fight for diverse representation in the live-action categories, diversity seems to be the flavour of the animated feature category. Let’s take a look at this year’s nominations & why or why not they could take the golden statue home.


An American nomination that does not come from the big animation studios, Anomalisa is the first R-rated movie to be ever nominated in this category. Based on Charlie Kaufman’s 2005 play of the same name, this is the story of a lonely self-help author who perceives everyone as identical until he meets a unique woman in a Cincinnati hotel.

Source: Paramount Pictures

Oscar hit: A stop-motion animated film that uses lifelike puppets. Breaking the rules of animation, and changing everything that we have come to expect from it, this independent film is pushing boundaries. Will it create Oscar history? We are keeping our fingers crossed.

Oscar miss: A surprise entry to the category, not many people are aware of the film. Although critically acclaimed, its lack of popularity amongst the masses may go against it.

Boy & The World

A Brazilian production, the film uses traditional, hand-drawn animation like never before. It tells the story of Cuca & his journey into a distant & magical place.

Source: GKIDS Films

Oscar hit: A film that uses no real dialogues. And when the characters do talk, its gibberish! This is a true example of ‘show, don’t tell’ and relies on the story, instead of animation gimmicks. Winner of over 40 film festival awards, will it take home the first golden statue for the South American animation industry?

Oscar miss: Again a critically acclaimed film with very little popularity amongst the masses. And Oscar does not have a history of awarding the less popular films.

Inside Out

The frontrunner for this year, Disney Pixar’s Inside Out is set inside the head of a young girl, Riley Andersen, where five personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger & Disgust – lead her through life’s journey.

Source: Disney UK

Oscar hit: The biggest hit of the year, a unique storyline, fans cheering for its victory around the globe…do we need to say more?

Oscar miss: Stiff competition from the global animation industry & the diverse nominations this year.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

The British nominee of the year, this is the second stop-motion nomination on the list. The film follows Shaun & his flock into the big city to rescue the farmer, who loses his memory as a result of a mischief.

Source: Shaun the Sheep

Oscar hit: Aardman Animation is known to spring surprises. It overtook Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride at the 2006 Oscars. Will it repeat history?

Oscar miss: Inside Out…need we say more?

When Marnie Was There

Japan’s entry to the list, this may be the final film from Studio Ghibli. The film is based on G. Robinson’s novel of the same name, and follows Anna Sasaki & her incredible friendship with Marnie.

Source: Movieclips Trailers

Oscar hit: Another brilliant anime from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli. It is a hit with both, the critics & the masses. We are keeping our fingers crossed for it at the Oscars.

Oscar miss: We can’t think of too many reasons, except Disney Pixar.

Who are you rooting for? Tell us in the comments.


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