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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
UPDATED: Nov 4, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: This week saw the World Premiere of Disney’s 60th animated feature, “Encanto,” and it was truly glorious. From a heartfelt story, bold colors and incredible Latino music, the film could be the spoiler in a race that has been seemingly between Netflix’s “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” and Pixar’s “Luca.” If it becomes competitive in original song, watch out for it in this space as well. Does this put “Raya and the Last Dragon,” the 59th film from March, on the backburner, or can they muster enough goodwill to get both of the compelling movies into the fray?
AFI Film Festival will bring Illumination/Universal Pictures’ sequel “Sing 2” to the conversation, as they hope for a similar reception. However, the first film did miss out on an Oscar nom so let’s see if they’re compelled to make it up to the franchise.
With “Flee” becoming the official submission for Denmark, we have to wonder if the film is nominated in international, documentary and animated, which can it win if any? Could the film even possibly miss out here a la “Waltz with Bashir?” The category is filling out with competition and the animation branch can be more populist than not. That also signals some possible difficulty for GKIDS’ “Belle,” but that studio has many times been a shocking entry in this category, and it would be foolish to think they can’t do it again.
Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Animated Feature)
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood's most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are "Ben-Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are "All About Eve," "Titanic" and "La La Land" at 14. "La La Land" is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most prominent Oscar "losers," meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977's "The Turning Point" and 1985's "The Color Purple" at 11 each. The animated feature category was introduced in 2001 when "Shrek" was the first awarded. Five animators 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, Ron Clements, Dean DeBlois, Travis Knight, Hayao Miyazaki, Rich Moore and Chris Sanders.
2022 Academy Awards Predictions
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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood's most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists' representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.
The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022
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