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Sixteen features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature category for the 88th Academy Awards. Check out the trailers for all the submitted features:

Anomalisa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT6QJaS2a-U

The Boy and the Beast

Boy and the World

The Good Dinosaur


Home

Hotel Transylvania 2

Inside Out

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

The Laws of the Universe – Part 0

Minions

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

The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 14. The Oscars will be telecast on February 28 on ABC hosted by Chris Rock.

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  • Benutty

    The threshold for having 5 nominees is 16 qualifying films so if one or more of these don’t qualify, for whatever reason, there will be less than 5 nominees.

  • UBourgeois

    So, assuming Inside Out and Good Dinosaur are as good as nominated already, what do we have? I’d really be in favor of The Prophet, Anomalisa, an The Boy and the Beast getting the last spots, myself. I wouldn’t hate nominations for Marnie or Shaun the Sheep, though, and a Regular Show nom would be too wacky to be upset about. So long as dreck like Minions/Hotel Transylvania/Peanuts doesn’t make the cut, I’ll be pretty satisfied.

  • The Filmatelist

    So the final 5?

    Two Pixars, Aardman, Charlie Kaufman and a foreign one to round things out? THE PROPHET looks like it’s right up the branch’s alley, and it’s silly to underestimate Ghibli, though the only one I’ve seen is the rather marvelous BOY AND THE WORLD.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    From what I’ve seen so far, I’d nominate just these:
    Hotel Transylvania 2
    Inside Out
    Shaun The Sheep Movie (my vote)
    When Marnie Was There

    Really looking forward to Anomalisa, The Good Dinosaur, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, The Peanuts Movie, and The Boy & The Beast (because Mamoru Hosoda is such an underrated animation director, and in this age of retired Miyazaki and Takahata, we need one strong anime director).

    By the way, Minions is my least favorite film of 2015 so far.

  • Benutty

    Inside Out and Anomalisa are sure-bets for nominations. Shaun of the Sheep is the third likeliest and The Good Dinosaur the fourth. If there are five nominees, it’s probably going to be The Prophet, When Marnie Was There or something from left field–in other words, Home, Transylvania, Peanuts, Spongebob and Minions don’t have a chance in hell.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    Minions and Peanuts might! The animation branch is prone to throwing some curveballs, though admittedly they don’t normally come in the form of major American studio films.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    Didn’t they get rid of that rule and state that there’d be a permanent five nominees every year because anything less is just stupid?

  • Paddy Mulholland

    When Marnie Was There is lovely but a bit tiresome.

    Shaun the Sheep is hilarious but it’s actually a pro-slavery manifesto cos think about it, it so is.

    Moomins on the Riviera is sexist af but it’s also completely delightful.

    Nominate the lot of them! And Inside Out, natch. Also can’t wait for Anomalisa.

  • Benutty

    no, the 2-5 rule still exists, though I stand corrected in the sense that the official language is that as long as 16 films are “released in LA County” there may be up to 5 nominees, it isn’t necessarily based on 16 being eligible. It’s still unclear to me how many, even of these 16 listed, have been released in LA yet.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    Ah, so they basically preserved the integrity of the existing rule whilst essentially ensuring that there’d almost always be five nominations. Thanks for clarifying 🙂

  • Guest2015.

    Minions, Inside Out, Hotel Transylvania 2, Good Dinosaur, Sponge Bob: Sponge Out of Water. Can’t go wrong there.

  • Guest2015.

    Minions is dreck? Dreck does not earn $1.15B worldwide, as fans would be onto such stuff. Stupendous word of mouth is why Minions went over a billion globally.

  • Benutty

    Except that there is still this weird way of narrowing the field, where voters score the films and if the average of those scores doesn’t reach a threshold then it cannot be nominated–so in theory this can also make the nominees less than 5. In fact it can be only 1 where they would give it a special award or even 0 where they say there will be no award. Unlikely, but possible.

    In any event, if one of these submissions doesn’t get their qualifying run, we’re looking at a max of 4 nominees.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    Gosh, you’d think they’d just reform this shit and make it a solid five with none of this scoring bollocks. They did that with Original Song, after all. At least the animators are more reliable than the musicians with their nonsensical eligibility rules and submission requirements fml…

  • Al Robinson

    The only one I’ve seen of these is Inside Out, but it was so damn good. I want to see The Good Dinosaur, Minions, Shaun of the Sheep Movie, and Anomalisa. I’d be happy if those are the 5 nominees. My early predicts are:

    Anomalisa
    The Good Dinosaur
    Inside Out
    Moomins on the Riviera
    Shaun of the Sheep Movie

  • If those voters have hearts, When Marnie Was There will be nominated. Easily the most emotionally rousing, if inconsistent, of viable contenders.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Minions is my least favorite film of the year so far. It angers me than it received over $1B worldwide, but I do understand why.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Someone argued that Shaun The Sheep is a metaphor for the relationship between a parent and a child who wants to run away.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    Well yes I get that. But it also unintentionally serves as a slaver’s apologist story if you consider it from that angle, which rather amused me when I watched it.

  • Benutty

    oh COME ON. no

  • Joseph

    Hopefully there are five nominees cause there’s a lot of quality this year. Anomolisa and Inside Out are brilliant. I respected but didn’t love Shaun The Sheep, The Prophet or When Marnie Was There but they are very deserving nominees. I assume The Good Dinosaur will be deserving too.

  • Paddy Mulholland

    heheh it does! Watch it again and think about it from that perspective! And also plz don’t take it srsly lol. I just thought it was funny how neatly the narrative fitted that notion.

  • Steven Kane

    I would LOVE it if Anomalisa got in for animated but I, unfortunately, see it getting shut out. It’s a masterpiece. It’s the kind of masterpiece that will most likely go over the voters’ heads. But I will say if it is nominated then I expect the script to be in as well. There’s no one without the other.

  • Christophe

    Running late this year, the only film I’ve seen is “When Marnie was there”, a decent watch but quite disappointing compared to Ghibli’s usual output. Didn’t know anything about “Moomins on the Riviera”, looks really fun! Looking forward to checking “Peanuts” and “Shaun the Sheep”, “The Good Dinosaur”, “Inside Out” and “Hotel Transylvannia 2” also.

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