Disney has both Big Hero 6 and Inside Out (Pixar) coming at you this year, which is going to make for a very competitive animated feature race. Like visual effects driven films, eventually the Academy is going to have to answer for the rise of and popularity of animated films. At this point, there is one category – Animated Feature – and several other categories contenders from animated films creep into, like adapted screenplay, score, sound effects editing. So far, Best Costumes has not been cracked but if any movie can do it the Box Trolls can.
The other big contender right now, other than the Lego movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2 would be The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. There are only five slots. Hm.