Best Animated nominees 2015

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

The BoxtrollsMon Feb 02 12:48:00 EST 2015

Here's our take on the best animated feature category.

"The Boxtrolls"

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

When the Oscars pulled what was arguably the biggest shocker of this year's nominations - snubbing "The LEGO Movie" for Best Animated Feature - we lost a frontrunner. Left in that wake is the suggestion that this Oscar is heading the way of Golden Globe winner "How To Train Your Dragon 2, " but some history does work against that. Only one sequel has ever won this trophy when "Toy Story 3" did so in 2010, and that film was the culmination of one of the most critically and commercially successful animated franchises ever. "Dragon 2" definitely has fans, but it was only a modest hit. Which could leave the door open for one of two foreign animated features - Tomm Moore's "Song of the Sea" and Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" - to pull off a surprise win. Whichever film does win, however, should take a moment to thank "The LEGO Movie" for not being nominated.

The Nominees:
"Big Hero 6"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Song of the Sea"
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

Will Win: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Could Win: "Song of the Sea"
Should Win: "How to Train Your Dragon 2"
Shoulda Been Here: "The LEGO Movie" (!)

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